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When Vera Was Sick [With Paperback Book] (Vera Adventures) Audio CD – January 1, 2006

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PreSchool-Grade 1-This story follows Vera from the onset of her illness, when fever, spots, and nausea confine her to bed in a darkened room, through her recovery. Mother is solicitous with orange juice, hot soup, calamine lotion, stories, and a big stuffed pillow to hug. Father brings flowers and sings Vera to sleep, and big sister June helps her pass the time with games of Chinese checkers. The tedium, discomfort, and confinement of an extended illness, ameliorated by warm surroundings and a compassionate and loving family, are well portrayed. Colorful ink-and-gouache illustrations capture a forlorn little girl with dark circles under her eyes, frightened by fever-induced hallucinations; scratching, scratching, scratching; and wistfully watching children outside playing. The pictures deftly portray the mood of the story, from somber at the start, to exuberant at the finish, as Vera throws off her pajamas, pulls on her clothes, and cartwheels out to play.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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...a compelling story.... [and] a lovely book. -- The New York Times Book Review, Jim Latimer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Vera Adventures
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY) (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159519651X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595196514
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,502,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Pause on July 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very nice book, about a little girl who gets very sick and has to stay in bed for several days. The images are beautiful, the story well written. My almost 4 year old son is fascinated by this book. However, there was a part in the book where she is "hallucinating" and the flowers on the wallpaper are looking like witch faces coming out at her. My son was very curious and scared by this page and talked about it for days, even had some nightmares. However, he still asked us to read him the book. We took a break from it, had some talks about "imagination" and now we are able to read it and he seems comfortable with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We first borrowed this book from our local library and my two and a half year old son loved it so much we had to renew it three times! He just loves having it read over and over. He talks about Vera all the time as if she is a part of our family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beccaboney VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There are lots of "Vera" books, but by far this is the best. For me it's because I don't have to do any editing when I read it. A few of the Roseberry books have some issues with language that I don't necessarily want to introduce to my kids (other kids saying mean things to Vera, not being nice, etc) so this book is one that I can buy over and over again to give as gifts to my neices and nephews, and for birthday party gifts.

This book is about Vera getting the chicken pox and how her family takes care of her and she eventually gets well. I loved the part where her mother got down the "kitty", the bed pillow that only comes down from the closet shelf when you are sick, and it smells like grandma. Very nice imageery.

The author writes and illustrates, which sometimes can be quirky but the kids LOVE the illustrations, really keeps them captivated. If you do buy her others, just leave out the mean stuff, it's just not necessary.

My kids love Vera, who doesn't?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Rosenberry has done a marvelous job of depicting a sick child! In fact, the pictures remind me of my nieces when they are sick!
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