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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859854
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2—It is a typical autumn day, with blowing leaves and golden trees. But Bear doesn't feel well. He has a cold, and is feeling alone in his cave, snuffling and sneezing. Then all of his friends come to try and help him feel better. They light a fire, fluff his blanket, and make him some broth and tea, tending him lovingly. The rhyming text and oft-repeated refrain ("Bear feels sick") make this book irresistible when read aloud. Chapman's illustrations are warm and cozy. Bear is big and cuddly. His friends are shown doing small things to help him get better, including making drawings and singing him to sleep. The paintings glow with the light of the fire and the heat of the cave. What more could anyone ask when under the weather than a snug house and plenty of TLC?—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Karma Wilson’s picture books include the international bestseller Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, all illustrated by Jane Chapman; A Frog in the Bog, illustrated by Joan Rankin; Hilda Must Be Dancing and Bear Hugs, illustrated by Suzanne Watts; and Who Goes There?, illustrated by Anna Currey. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana. Visit Karma at KarmaWilson.com.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of several books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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I will give them as baby shower gifts in the future.
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It also becomes quite obvious that Bear has a lot of good friends that come to help and make him feel better.
D. Blankenship
Her stories are cute and the illustrations by Jane Chapman are wonderful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By California mom on September 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
All of Karma Wilson's bear books are sweet and endearing and teach about friendship. Her books are about the only ones I trust to read to my son without previewing ahead of time for inappropriate content. In this one, bear's friends take care of him when he feels ill and he returns the favor when they become sick. It's wonderful that "Bear's New Friend" owl is here. The illustrations by Jane Chapman are lovely. These books are classics and should be a part of every young child's library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dom's Mom on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 22 month old son and I love this book. We started with Bear Snores On and we really enjoy Karma Wilson's beautiful verse, which can be read in so many different ways. My son (being sick right now) can really empathize with Bear and his friends. Our favorite part about this book is that when the tables inevitably turn, Bear is enthusiastic about taking care of his friends too. Beautifully illustrated by Jane Chapman again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Columbus Mom on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We got this for my 3 yr old for Christmas and it has become one of both of our favorites. "Bear Snores On" has longtime been in my top 5 of children's books to read to her, and this one is another wonderful story. We've been reading it a lot lately with both of us having bad winter colds and there's something soothing and relatable about it. I love how it ends -- Bear finally feels better, but his friends are now sick and he tells them he'll take care of them. Very sweet. And -- the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. You will love it!
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Format: Hardcover
These bear books by Karma Wilson are some of my favorites and this one, "Bear Feels Sick," is no different and is, in fact, one of my favorite.

The story is simple"

"Alone in his cave
as the autumn wind blows,
Bear feels achy
with a stuffed-up nose."

It quickly becomes quite obvious that bear has either an old fashion cold or a touch of the flu. He is miserable. It also becomes quite obvious that Bear has a lot of good friends that come to help and make him feel better. Mouse and Rabbit are first and they are followed by a crow, owl, badger, gopher and of course mole. His friend cover him, give him good things to drink, gather herbs, try to get his fever down and generally give him lots and lots of love and sympathy...the same you would give a friend our a child.

The gently rhyme adds to the overall feeling of the story and as always, the wonderful warm and colorful pictures by Jane Chapman simply are the icing in the cake.

Truth be told, there is simply nothing to dislike about this work. It is absolutely ideal to read to a sick child. They will be able to identify with bear and the way he feels almost instantly. The concern and care given to him by his friends is not only sweet but teaches a good lesson about friendships.

This, as with the rest of the Bear Books, is most certainly deserving of a place on your child's books shelf.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Carroll on September 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love the Bear books and I have every one in the series. I started getting them for my older son when the series first started with Bear Snores On and now I'm reading them all to my younger son as well. Sometimes we have a Bear Book Marathon and read all of them right in a row, it's so much fun! I definitely recommend not only this book but the entire Bear Book series - Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays up for Christmas, Bear's New Friend and Bear Feels Sick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading the Bear books to my daughter since she was a toddler and we have many books in the series. In "Bear Feels Sick", dear old bear feels poorly and keeps sneezing and wheezing. When his woodland friends [rabbit, mouse, mole, crow etc] come to visit and call him to play, he says he is too sick to play. So what do Bear's friends do? They get together and try to make Bear feel better - collecting herbs, applying a cold compress, fixing him some nourishing soup etc. Soon, Bear is all better, and all ready to play - but finds his friends are now sick! What does Bear do?

This is a heartwarming tale about the value of friendship - sticking together and helping each other out during times of difficulty. As usual, the text is written in 'simple' language, perfect for preschoolers and the illustrations are full-color and simply beautiful. I would recommend all the books in the Bear series as they all have a heartwarming message and are wonderful for reading aloud. Bear and friends are such cute characters that little ones can relate to and you will have your child clamoring for more Bear and friends' adventures!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Ayres VINE VOICE on October 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the book I pull out when my daughter doesn't feel well. I find it touching how all of Bear's friends gather together to take care of their poor, sick bear. I like that it shows little ones that, even when you don't feel well, the people you love will be there for you...even if it means they don't feel well later. Actually, I like to read it to her when I don't feel well as well. 8)

Good story, nice rhymes, lovable characters. This is a great addition to any child's library as are all of the "Bear" books by Karma Wilson.
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By Laura Edwards on February 3, 2014
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The stories surrounding Bear are so wonderful, the rhythm of the words has a nice cadence. Bear and his friends have great adventures together. I would recommend these books to everyone. I believe I have purchased and given away 4 sets of the books starring Bear (8 books in the series I believe).
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