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Bear Feels Sick (2007)

by Karma Wilson

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After a long winter a great brown bear gets sick. He feels so awful so his friends the mouse, hare, badger, gopher, mole, raven, and wren goes to the cave a takes care of him. After they make bear feel better they all get sick, and bear has to take care of them. This book is really cute and can help with explaining how germs a spread but also how to take care someone who is sick. ( )
  jsylve | Sep 30, 2014 |
I liked this book for 3 reasons. First, the book was written very well for the audience it was trying to reach. While reading, it was very easy to become engaged and interested in what was coming next. The story rhymed, which allowed it to flow properly and at a good pace. Also, the story was about many animals that were taking care of their sick friend, Bear, so this was a book that easily attracted a child’s attention. Next, the plot of the book was very strong. The story begins with a conflict involving Bear, the main character, being very sick. The other characters spent most of the book trying to help their friend get better. This included making him broth and tea, tucking him in under his blanket, and many other kind gestures. The book included a great ending where Bear felt better, but then all of his friends were sick, so he returned the favor and took care of them. This provides a very valuable learning lesson for children. Last, the illustrations were very descriptive and helped to give the words of the story a deeper meaning. The pictures showed Bear while he was sick and making sad faces. The pictures also showed his friends going out and finding things for Bear that would make him feel better. This provides children with a picture of the actual actions that they are reading in the text. The big idea of this story is at the end of the story when Bear feels better, but his friends feel sick. Bear decides to take care of his friends because they took care of him. This sends the message that when people do nice things, it is important to return the favor. This gesture emphasizes that being kind and caring for others are two important qualities to have. ( )
  AllisonStrait | Sep 14, 2014 |
Summary: Bear becomes under the weather at the beginning of the story and cannot seem to get better. Bear's friends come and beg him to come play outside with them in the Autumn weather, but soon realize that Bear cannot be outside if he is not feeling well. The friends of Bear decide to do whatever they can to help Bear feel better as quick as possible so he can come play outside with them. After many tricks that the friends used to help Bear, he finally felt better! Bear was so pleased until he found out that his friends were sick. Bear decided that he would stay inside to help his friends, just like they helped him.

Review: A wonderful, heartwarming story about friends helping friends! Karma Wilson, author of Bear Feels Sick, did an amazing job creating a strong message by using a real life situation that young children face to show her readers that even though things may be bad, there are always people around to help us through everything. Bear was feeling under the weather and all he wanted to do was to go play outside and he could not do that. Bear's friends realized that he was sick and one friend "squeezed Bear tight" to let Bear know that everything would be okay (p. 8). Bear's friends "cooked and cared" for him as much as they could, which shows the young reader that she or he should not give up on his or her friends if the friend is in need (p. 17). Towards the end of the book when Bear wanted to "go frolic the day" because he "felt good," he put his wants aside and returned the favor to his now sick friends because they helped Bear at the beginning (p. 25).

Wilson wrote an amazing book that helps teach young children to do unto others and others would do unto them. It uses sweet characters to help capture the readers attention, while leaving the readers with a warm-fuzzy feeling of generosity. ( )
  Kweber8 | Aug 31, 2014 |
This book teaches children about friendship and doing things for other people. It shows children that if they do good things then others will treat them well. Like when Bear feels sick, all of his friends take care of him. When Bear feels better, his friends get sick and he takes care of them. ( )
  cindyavgi | Dec 12, 2013 |
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"The language, with its strong rhythm, rhyme and repetitive structure, is very appealing and lends itself well to activities that build phonemic awareness. The underlying messages about respecting and valuing others are positive. Furthermore, the stories avoid triteness."
added by cvosshans | editChildren's Literature, Mary Hynes-Berry
 
"The rhyming text and oft-repeated refrain (Bear Feels Sick) make this book irresistible when read aloud. What more could anyone ask when under the weather than a snug house and plenty of TLC?"
added by cvosshans | editSchool Library Journal, Susan E. Murray
 
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To Debi, Mark, Addie, and Stephanie: Dearest family, I hope you always feel your best. God Bless! - K.W.
To Noah and Levi, who once made me feel sick, but now only ever make me feel better. - J.C.
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Alone in his cave as the autumn wind blows, Bear feels achy with a stuffed-up nose.
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Bear is not feeling well at all; he is achy, sneezy, wheezy and sick and in no shape to go outside to play. Mole, Hare, Mouse and the rest of the gang try to make Bear feel as comfortable as possible in his cave. Under the care of his friends, Bear starts to get better but as soon as Bear is well, guess what happens? All of his friends get sick!

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When Bear is too sick to play, his animal friends go to his cave to make him soup and tea and keep him company.

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