on April 10, 2012
Seeing as the book is one of the top selling children's ebooks, I got this for the kindle fire to entertain the little ones. The formatting is strange - the text generally falls on a different page from the pictures, which I feel look very quickly done. The kids were bored with it very quickly - while its intentions are good, the rhyme scheme felt forced. Also, there should NEVER be grammatical errors in a children's book. Despite being a story about acceptance, it was hard for me to accept this one. 2/5
on May 7, 2012
by Jean Cramer
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published December 2010
by B & F Publishing
Book Source: Bought
Mom's Choice Award winner COUGAR CUB TALES: I'm Just Like You (eBook) is about the continuing adventures of the cougar cubs as they encounter a creature very different from themselves. It deals with non-acceptance for physical difference or disability and the watercolors are a feast for the eyes as the text again communicates to the child in a lovely sing-song rhyme.
Brother and sister cougar stumble across a creature who is different from them but claims to be a cougar just like them. They continue to point out his differences only for him to give them a reason why he is still a cougar like them but only different. They point out he has no tail, but he does. It is smaller. His ears too big-he can hear better; his fur spotted; his eyes just not right. Because he is different, he is not one of them.
Brother and sister cougar quickly learn through their new and different friend that just because someone looks, acts, speaks, or has a disability doesn't mean they aren't one of them.
The colorful illustrations in this book are wonderful and delightful.
I recommend this book for ages 4-8
About The Author:
Sharon Jean Cramer was born in Jamestown, New York in 1960. Sharon's education includes a Master's in Anesthesia Education from Gonzaga, with her minor area of study in fine arts at the University of Houston. She pulls heavily from her experiences in healthcare to consider subject material for her children's books.
She also pulls from very personal experience for The Sneezy Wheezy Day. Her twin sister struggled with childhood illness for many years. Sharon observed that the treatments, though helpful and therapeutic were not what was ultimately most significant. What mattered most to Vonnie was the family and friends around her, who supported and loved her.
Sharon is surrounded by her own cubs. Her three sons all live in Spokane, and though grown, have opinions about the cougar cubs. Lost and Alone was actually written for her youngest son, Chase, when he was born. It is about his two older brothers, who were eight and ten years old at the time! Cole and Shad tangled on occasion so it was easy for Sharon to write about sibling rivalry and conflict resolution!
Sage is Sharon's granddaughter, loves the Cougar Cub Tales, and is a tough critic! She pits the cubs against Dora, Spongebob and of course the Disney princesses, but so far, the Cougar Cubs hold their own (and dad doesn't bore so quickly over reading them over, and over, and over!)
Sharon's husband, Daryl, is a nurse anesthetist, and `personal organizer' for Sharon. He is also chef, karaoke partner, best friend, and inspiration to the author. He is a good voice of reason, sometimes editor, and unlikely audience during studio recordings. (More than one take has occurred due to his enthusiastic presence!). If you see Sharon at a big event, say hello to Daryl as well. He is usually close by.
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on September 2, 2012
The story is very cute. The pictures are playful and full of movement. I liked the character that the two cougars meet. He tries to explain how he is the same as the cougars. Now, this is a story about acceptance. I know nowadays we are taught that we are all the same, our DNA is the same, and it doesn't matter how we look on the outside. This of course is true, we are all internally the same. But our looks differ. In this story the different character tries to prove he is the same like the cougars. I think it should have been better if the bobcat had embraced and acknowledged his differences, pointed out it was ok to be different, that everyone is unique and different in their looks and this is perfectly fine. I know this is the total opposite of what the book is about. However, I did like it the way it is too, but it made me think that the bobcat is ashamed to embrace what is different in him. Maybe I dig too deeply into the story... The rhymes were good, however, the formatting needs to be checked. There were some highlights that appeared in the book. Some words were transferred to the next line by one letter, such in "thing-s". The "s" was on the next line. Other than that, there were no sentences going to other pages such as another reviewer had mentioned. Overall, I think the book was good, the pictures nice, the formatting needs to be checked again.
on July 17, 2011
This book did not rivet my 7 year old, but he did like the storyline. I don't think he will ask for it over and over again, but I believe that is mostly due to his age.
It's a nice story, with cute rhymes. The scansion isn't perfect, but most kids won't notice. The illustrations are clear and cute, and my son really enjoyed them.
I would buy more from this author.
on December 28, 2011
I bought this for my daughter (8) and we both enjoyed it. The rhyming is decent and reminescent of Dr. Suess but the story is heart-warming and cute, as are the picture. Even though my daughter reads larger chapter books on her own, she still enjoyed the story and the pictures.