Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Books: The Sneezy Wheezy Day

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The Sneezy Wheezy Day (Talking Bird Books, January 1, 2012, $14.95) is a hardcover picture book that tells the tale of a brother and sister cub. One day after swimming in the crystalline pool, poor brother cub gets sick so sister takes him to see the animals in the forest. They in return offer silly home remedies.

One friend even tells brother cub, “Tickle your nose with the tail of a goose and do it before the next blue moon rise!” Although the recommendations help, the final remedy is a sibling’s love.

The story, written by Sharon Cramer, is in rhyme. If you have two kids who fight all the time, this is a good book to have them read.

Cramer wrote the first book in the series, Lost and Alone about sibling rivalry, when her youngest son was born 18 years ago. As a mom to two older sons at the time, Cramer says she felt like an expert on “brotherly love” already. The second installment in the series, I’m Just Like You addresses intolerance.

Cramer illustrates the Cougar Cub Tales books in watercolor, with each picture taking her between 18-24 hours to create. She chose cougar cubs because she wanted to create characters that spoke strongly of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives.

To learn more and hear audio of Cramer reading the books, please visit: www.talkingbirdbooks.com.

OVERALL: I like the vivid illustrations and the tale itself. It did hold my 3-year-old’s attention, and the book is so nicely done, it’s a keeper.

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