Kid's Stuff -- Books about Colds, Flus & Feeling Sick
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"Nutmeg And Barley: A Budding Friendship"
Written by Janie Bynum
Illustrated by Janie Bynum
(Candlewick, 2006)

Opposites attract in this tale of a shy field mouse named Barley, and his rambunctious, chatty neighbor, Nutmeg the squirrel. Nutmeg is always inviting Barley over to visit, and he is always too shy and self-contained to consent. Finally, when the mouse gets a bad cold, Nutmeg takes over and nurses him back to health, cementing a lifelong friendship and/or romance. I wasn't wild about this book, but my daughter loved it (for about a week...) The artwork was okay, but the story struck me as fairly old-fashioned, with stereotyped gender roles and a clumsy resolution. But in one of those Barney-like moments, it rang a bell in my kid's imagination, so instead of shuffling it out of the way (as planned), I wound up reading it for much longer than I'd have guessed... Might not strike a chord with parents, but some kids will love it. (B-)

"Don't You Feel Well, Sam?"
Written by Amy Hest
Illustrated by Anita Jeram
(Candlewick, 2003)

Aw, poor little Sam! He's got a cold, and has to take his cough medicine. Yucky! But after several tries, he steels himself for the blechiness and swallows the goop, and feels better in the morning. Great book to follow these loveable characters, as well as to build or reinforce a positive attitude about taking medicine. My kid cracked up when we read the parts where Sam wouldn't open his mouth... thought it was the funniest thing she'd ever heard! (The second book of the highly-recommended "Sam Bear" series...) (A)

"A Sick Day for Amos McGee"
Written by Philip C. Stead
Illustrated by Erin Stead
(Roaring Brook, 2010)


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