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What You Need to Know:
• Like the other Bear and Mouse books, The Sniffles for Bear is a well-written, laugh out loud romp of a story.
• The illustrations are equally as gorgeous as the language.
• This is a wonderful read-aloud for your younger readers.
• The Bear and Mouse books are a positive example of the meaning and definition of friendship for young children.
• The adult reader will enjoy this entertaining story as much as the young reader.
Bear and Mouse have their roles in their relationships, as established in the earlier Bear and Mouse books. Bear is curmudgeonly and Mouse is persitently optimistic. In The Sniffles for Bear, Bear is under the weather, and in his typically dramatic fashion, feels the end is near. Mouse cheerfully insists on caring for him and comedy ensues.
This friendship was born in the utterly amusing A Visitor for Bear and has grown charmingly in both Birthday for Bear and A Bedtime for Bear. Children's Bear Books). The model of friendship and caring is present in this book, as in all the others. But Becker doesn't condescend to children by making these books about "lessons". She just offers her readers a really enjoyable story where the characters learn to care for each other and accept each other's differences. MacDonald's illustrations are pitch perfect: the characters personalities embody their illustrated form and add to the humor of the story immensely. This and all the other Bear and Mouse books deserve a permanent spot on your child's bookshelf.
• What happens when you are feeling under the weather? Who looks after you?
• Who do you relate more to: Bear or Mouse? Can you explain how?
• Do you have a friend like Bear? How are they the same?
• Do you have a friend like Mouse? How are they the same?
• Can you think of your own adventure for Bear and Mouse? What would happen in that adventure?