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21 November 2011

Review: Katie Woo Has the Flu by Fran Manushkin

Having the flu stinks.  You're hot, you're cold.  Your stomach hurts, your body aches.  All you want to do is sleep.  In her book, Katie Woo Has the Flu, author Fran Manushkin explored this and helped kids understand having the flu a little better.

Here is the summary from Goodreads:
It all starts with a sneeze! Katie Woo catches the flu. She feels yucky and has to miss a few days of school. Will she ever feel like herself again?

Poor Katie Woo has the flu.  She's achy.  She's hot, she's cold.  She's grumpy and she doesn't want to eat.  I hate to spoil the ending, but she does eventually get better and makes it back to school!

Kids get sick, but do people take the time to explain that the symptoms are normal, and that they will get better?  Unfortunately, not always.  This book does a great job explaining that its ok to feel sick, that these symptoms are normal for the flu and that it will eventually go away. 

I liked that this book was an easy reader (easy words), but was divided into chapters.  This makes the book immediately more appealing to older readers.  The illustrations were somewhat cartoonish, but cute.   
Nominated in the Easy Readers Category by Jennifer Glidden of Capstone Connect

*Opinions expressed in this review are mine, and not that of the Cybils judging panel.* 

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