DON’T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM? by Amy Hest

DON’T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM?

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The direful sound of a toddler’s cough in the night is the focus of this poignant sequel to Hest’s Kiss Good Night (2001). All snuggled up in bed on a frosty night, the young bear cub Sam is kept awake by a persistent cough. Mrs. Bear’s appearance with Sam’s syrup heralds the battle of the medicine spoon. In typical toddler fashion, Sam staunchly declares that the syrup tastes too bad, the spoon is too large and too full. Hest adroitly captures the very essence of toddler feistiness when it comes to all things medicinal. “Sam opened up, then closed his mouth tight. Too much syrup on a too-big spoon.” The irresistible allure of a snowy spectacle is ultimately the encouragement Sam needs to gulp down his syrup. Afterward, cozily ensconced in an armchair, mother and cub keep their vigil throughout the night until the first snowflakes appear—only to fall unseen by the pair gently dozing in the chair. Jeram’s inviting acrylic illustrations draw readers into the snug warmth of the Bear home. Dusky hues combined with rich earth tones capture the soothing sense of twilight. Serene images convey the deep affection between parent and child while expressing the consummate feeling of security exuded by a well-cherished tot. Just the thing to share with a little one struggling with a bout of the sniffles. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-7636-1009-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2002




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