This time of year, lots of children catch a cold or the flu, and there’s not a lot parents can do to help them feel better. Yes, fluids, vitamin C, and rest can help, but what can a parent do to show a miserable child that things will surely get better?
Reading the picture book Cougar Cub Tales: The Sneezy Wheezy Day by Sharon Cramer to that little one can be a great start. This upbeat story is about two cougar cubs, a brother and sister, who love to play together. Sadly, brother gets sick, so sister tries to help him find someone to tell him what the cure might be. Poor brother talks to owl, fox, boar, bear, and more, and each creature has a different cure, none of which seem to work. Will sister find someone who can help brother cougar get well?
The story ends with sister’s helping her brother to fall asleep with some “kittycat tea,” and when he wakes, he realizes that her help has warmed his heart, and that the comfort she brought helped him to heal. Parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters can all read the story to youngsters and show them that caring is a big part of cheering up the ill and sad.
Cougar Cub Tales: The Sneezy Wheezy Day is a heartwarming story just right for flu season or for any time a parent wants to comfort a child with knowing someone loves him or her. The author, Sharon Cramer, is a local Spokane writer and illustrator. Two of her Cougar Cub Tales series have won Mom’s Choice awards. This book, plus the other Cougar Cub Tales, are on Sharon’s website, which has an app for Sneezy Wheezy Day as well.