What a Cold Needs
What a Cold Needs
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Annotation: Playful text and cozy illustrations explore the unavoidable stages of dealing with a cold.
Genre: Health
Catalog Number: #181203
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Sheban, Chris,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8234-4172-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-4172-3
Dewey: 616.2
LCCN: 2018009008
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Your child has a cold? Well, along with the chicken soup, they might welcome this book. What does a cold need? The comforting yet sprightly text goes through a litany of helpers erything from the aforementioned soup to a comfy bed, from a mom's soft hands to a dad's jokes. The text uses the cold as its protagonist ("It likes music and a long, deep afternoon nap"), but the art, watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite illustrations focus on the shaggy-haired, red-nosed child who is the recipient of all the attention, cure-alls, and love. The endearing art captures the aggravation that comes along with being sick, including an overflowing basket of tissues, but also some of the perks, including an affectionate little spotted dog, who is a reminder of all the fun to be had that's waiting just outside. Get a couple of copies for library shelves lds abound!
Kirkus Reviews
Being sick is never fun, but it helps to know exactly what a cold might need to go on its way.Follow along as a young child copes with a cold and makes note of everything important to feel better. Warm socks, puppy snuggles, and a bit of sympathy from your siblings are just a few things that come to mind that help our young protagonist. The text phrases these necessities with lyricism and whimsy: A cold "likes to listen to the chirping of the birds // and the tinkling of raindrops, / with a clear view of the sweet blue sky." Sheban's soft-edged illustrations join Bottner's soothingly paced text, offering full-page and vignette illustrations to accompany complex sentences beat by beat and slowing down for languorous double-page spreads where a single clause or simple declarative sentence stops to take its time for, for instance, some "music and a long, deep afternoon nap." Here the child sleeps, mouth open (a red nose attests that it's plugged), a snoozing dog atop the blankets and a radio emitting musical notes. The palette, sun-drenched greens and earth hues, is visual chicken soup. The protagonist's mom has light-brown skin and her dad presents white, suggesting an interracial family.Kids will find comfort in the familiar "needs" of the cold and knowing that they will get better soon to "run around and cause just a little trouble" once again. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

A girl learns that a cold needs a LOT of things, as she waits for a bad case of the sniffles to run its course.

What does a cold need? It needs a comfy bed by a window, warm socks, Grandma's chicken soup, and plenty of Dad's silly jokes. Sometimes, a cold just needs a little time.

In this warmly written and quietly humorous picture book about a girl sporting a red nose that just won't seem to go away while she waits for a bad case of the sniffles to run its course, she and her family learn an important lesson--a cold needs what a cold needs.

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