Don’t you feel well Sam?
Illustrated by Anita Jeram
Picture Book (Series)
Ages 3 to 5
Candlewick, 2002, 0-7636-1009-7
It is a cold winter’s night and it is time for Sam Bear to go to sleep. He is all snuggled down in bed when Mrs. Bear hears something which worries her – Sam is coughing. She asks him if he is feeling well and when he shakes his head she gives him a hug and then goes to get the cough medicine.
Now Sam, just like most children, does not like cough medicine. It “tastes bad” he says and he does not want to take the nasty tasting stuff. Poor Mrs. Bear has a hard time getting her little bear to take his medicine but in the end she makes him a promise and Sam swallows down the syrup bravely.
This is a perfect book to read with a child who is not feeling well. With its soft acrylic paintings and its gentle message of love, children will be comforted by the story and the artwork as they cough, sneeze, feel hot, or have a stuffy head. There can be no doubt that the love of Sam’s kind and wise mother is just what the doctor would have ordered.
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