IF BEAVER HAD A FEVER by Helen Kettemen

IF BEAVER HAD A FEVER

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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Mama Bear, Mama Bear… / If you were a doctor / in charge of the zoo, / what would you do / if Gnu had the flu?”

As Little Bear asks his Mama what she would do for a series of animal ailments, she answers him in rhyme while he draws a huge picture with crayons of the cure. “If Chimp came to see me, / and his foot had a pain, / I’d tell him to walk / with a big candy cane.” Little Bear draws a dressed chimp complete with bowtie walking with a red-and-white striped cane. Other supposed problems are: What if Deer couldn’t hear, Meerkat got too fat; Fox got chicken pox; Goat had a sore throat; Weasel had measles. The speculation ends with Little Bear himself. She replies, “I’d puppet a story. / I’d tootle a tune. / I’d huff and I’d puff you / a big red balloon. / … I’d fix all your favorites— / cookies and soup— / and when you got better, / I’d let out a WHOOOOP!” The rhymes have some hiccups, but the rhythm carries the story. The appealing illustrations (made with art markers, colored pencils and crayons) accessorize Mama Bear’s doctor garb with stethoscope and pearls. Little Bear’s drawings are a clever device, especially as they’re exactly like child-drawn crayon drawings. 

Youngsters will find the silly answers funny and be reassured that Mamas can always fix everything. (Picture book. 4-7)
Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5951-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2011




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