Monday, January 9, 2012

The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker

Happy Monday reading friends:
The Queen here with another picture book for the cold and flu season. Are you feeling under the weather? I can't imagine anyone can be as pathetically sick as Bear in Bonny Becker's newest book, The Sniffles for Bear.

Yes, our melodramatic-bear is back again and mouse is there as usual, whether he's wanted or not to bring cheer to the day.

I loved this book and loved how children can learn how to have patience (note: not patients) with sick friends or family. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful and the story endearing. Especially when the tables are turned.

I hope you'll head to your nearest bookstore or library and purchase a copy of your own. This is library worthy and a must read when someone is feeling under the weather. It promises to bring a chuckle, if not at least a smile.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title- The Sniffles for Bear
Author: Bonny Becker                                                                                                               

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Candlewick (September 13, 2011)
Reading level: 3 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: fiction picture book - humorous
ISBN: 978-0763647568

Book Theme:
Friendship, Animals, Extraordinary Language 

Book Summary
The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair.

Bear has a terrible cold. In fact, Bear is quite sure that no one has ever been as sick as he is. So when Mouse comes tap, tap, tapping on his front door eager to make Bear "as good as new" by reading a sunny story, singing a rousing chorus and plinking a twangy tune on her banjo, the pitifully coughing Bear - growing weaker by the minute - is convinced that his tiny friend does not appreciate the gravity of the situation. Can there be any saving Bear from his certain demise? Welcome the world's most lovable curmudgeon and his endearing, unstoppable sidekick in a wry new comedy sure to have even red-eyed, sniffly-nosed readers rolling with laughter.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Make a get well card for someone in need. 

Older Readers:
Look up the hard words:

Crafty Ideas:
Make "Care Bags" that you can give out when someone is sick. What things can you add that will be "just the thing?" 

Writing Prompts:
Think of a time when you were sick. What made you feel better? What made it worse? If you got sick again, what would be "just the thing" a person can do to help you feel better?

Authors Arena

Author: Bonny Becker
Bonny Becker is the author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. She lives in Seattle.

Bonny has been writing for fifteen years and has six children’s books published to date: Just a Minute (Simon & Schuster, 2003), An Ant’s Day Off (Simon & Schuster, 2003), My Brother, the Robot (Dutton, 2001), Tickly Prickly (HarperCollins, 1999), The Christmas Crocodile (Simon & Schuster, 1998), and The Quiet Way Home (Henry Holt and Company, 1995). Bonny also published a short story in the collection On Her Way for ‘tweens.

Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton

Kady MacDonald Denton is an author and illustrator of books for children.

She lives with her husband in Peterborough, Ontario. Their children are grown but often visit to say hello. Kady works at the top of the tall yellow brick house, in an attic studio that has lots of room and a skylight.

Her books have won awards, are translated into many languages, and are read by children around the world.

Check out an interview with Kady Denton over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. 


Blessy Mathew said...

Hi Jackie! I came across your blog on MotherReader. Nice review and some great activities to go along with this story. Can't wait to read it! I loved Bonnie Becker's A VISTOR FOR BEAR.

Patricia T. said...

Sounds like the perfect book for this time of year. The illustrations are lovely. Enjoyed your suggested activities. Check out Susanna Leonard Hill 's name on MotherReader. She hosts a Perfect Picture Book Friday, where writers/bloggers submit a favorite book. We have a similar format and activities. This book would have been a great addition.

Beth said...

I like the Care Bags idea. We should probably do some around here.

Jackie Castle said...

Hi Blessy, the first Bear book I read was A Visitor for Bear and I've loved those books ever since.

Patricia, thanks for the suggestion. I'll go check her out.

Beth, thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the care bags idea.

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

I LOVED this book. That silly, melodramatic bear! My favorite part is when he makes out his will - for heaven's sakes. What a funny read.

Thanks for all the "extras" in your review, vocab, author profile, etc. It all makes it tailor made for parents and teachers.

Beth Stilborn said...

This book sounds excellent! I can remember vividly a time when I was ill, and had a friend who played the part of Mouse to a "t" -- just about drove this poor curmudgeon of a Beth Bear to distraction. I *MUST* find this book!

The extras in your review are beyond excellent. I wish I had a whole bunch of kids that I could read this book with and then do the activities!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Jackie, I'm so glad I found your site! You are doing the same kind of thing I do with Perfect Picture Book Fridays only even more in depth and so wonderfully! I feel like an underachiever now :)

Joanna said...

Jackie, you are so made to join Perfect Picture Book Friday - you do it already, and with panache ;) I really appreciated the addition of author and illustrator profiles - great idea! This pair sound like they could have a whole array of fun tales for us!

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks. When I started this blog, I thought showing kids the people behind the story would be important. To know that real people wrote the words, and created the beautiful pictures. Sometimes its hard to find information on both the illustrator and writer, but I try to find as much as I can.

I will definitely be checking into Perfect Picture Book Fridays. =)

Ms. O said...

Love the Bear books. Haven't seen this one in person yet. I NEED TO!