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What a Cold Needs

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Neal Porter Books
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Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect, buttery-warm encapsulation of the perfect sick day: a reminder that the world is beautiful, that people love you, and that good health will return.

I realize with a heartbroken pang that not everyone can have a sick day--or any day--like that.
Shaye Miller
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book would be a perfect gift for so many in our community who are currently under the weather with the flu. What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch do YOU like when you have a cold? Perhaps warm socks, a kiss on the forehead, soft music, and a nice book would help any reader feel some comfort. The story will bring up many ideas to consider. And the ending has a slight twist that might bring a few giggles from young readers, too! The artwork was created using watercolor, colored ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clear-review
Picture book illustrated with watercolor, graphite and colored pencil. The story follows a red nosed girl who has a cold. The child learns different techniques that help soothe you while you let a cold runs its course. At the end of the story, we see that she has passed the cold to a family member.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Decent little book about the various remedies to help alleviate the effects of a cold. Would make for a good read aloud for a child dealing with a case of the sniffles.
Edward Sullivan
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Being sick never looked so pleasant.
As is the case for just about everyone who's ever been sick, a young girl finds that having a cold makes her miserable. The entire book describes all the things that those around her do to make her feel better. The watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite illustrations feature a young girl with a red nose in all the pictures, the telltale sign of a bad cold and much nose-blowing. Of course, colds need to run their course, and with a little time, they disappear, leaving the sufferer feeling much ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classroom-use
I really like how the narrator of this book, a young girl, shares with us what a cold needs - which really means what she needs when she has a cold. She's telling us what she needs by saying that the cold needs these things. I remember when I first went off to college and got a very bad cold. I could take care of all the things like soup, tissues, extra rest, etc. but I remember needing to call my grandmother to feel sorry for me and to tell me how much she loved me and hoped that I felt better ...more
Having a cold can be a miserable experience for anyone, and if you're young it can seem like it takes forever to feel well again. This sweet picture book shows a young girl that has a cold and all of the loving gestures the members of her family provide - goofy jokes from dad, chicken soup from grandma, even the dog is a loving companion. The softly colored illustrations are warm and comforting and the book has some good suggestions for quiet activities for the one who is sick. This book, along ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This realistic fiction children's book talks about being sick, help from family and patience with recovery as the main character gets over a cold. My favorite part was when the siblings were concerned over their sister and were nice to her, letting her rest. I would use this in my future classroom if I did a lesson on sickness and how to get better. This book would show different methods of getting over a cold, which I would then tie in to personal experiences with sicknesses and how my students ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are many things you need when you have a cold. A long nap, an open window so you can hear the birds, soft tissues, a good book, grandma's famous chicken soup and so much more.

There's a lot of waiting to get better when you have a cold, but with people around who love you, lots of rest and some time, you can feel better soon. Chris Sheban's illustrations perfectly represent a really nice sick day, and Bottner's list of what you need is spot on.

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Teresa Bateman
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
With illustrations by Chris Sheban in the muted tones in which we tend to view the world, when sick, this book sympathizes with those who have a cold. What does a cold need, after all? Warm socks, family love, chicken soup, rest, sympathy, and time. But most of all, a cold needs love. Readers will appreciate the misery of a cold, the accompanying attention, and the gradual but inevitable recovery. Bring this out in cold and flu season.
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What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner, pictures by Chris Sheban. PICTURE BOOK. Neal Porter Books (Holiday House), 2019. $18. 9780823441723


Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is to serve the purpose of helping a person take care of themselves while sick and to create empathy for others. Good job of creating illustrative interest through color choice and mixing pages of full-bleed and vignettes.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sweet book about how you deal with having a cold. Great to share with those little and not so little cold sufferers.
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A really sweet read for a kid who's stuck inside with the sniffles.

A slightly tear-inducing read for a mom who knows she'll never get the royal treatment for a cold again.
Beautifully illustrated..., and excellent advice! .
Connie Heneghan
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Talks about the tender loving care that one needs when one is sick. Nice ending.
Rhonda K
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely story with simple text that any child or parent can relate to about having a cold. A keeper for repeat readings.
Miss Sarah
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A child details all the things they need in this toddler and up book. Like the twist ending.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A superb choice for an "Ick I'm Sick" storytime theme.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the idea of this book...what a cold needs, along with the person who has it.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The perfect picture book for a sick day! I loved the soft illustrations and that red little nose on the small sufferer. Sweet story everyone can relate to.
Syntha Green
A sweet read
Paige Y.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this picture book that show a little girl being taken care of when she has a cold.
I dont know how, but Barbara Bottner and Chris Sheban found a way for me to wish I could be a sick kid again and spend all day reading, sleeping, and snuggling with pets and parents. ...more
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Barbara Bottner, New York Times best-selling author, is a screenwriter, TV writer, and writing coach, who began her multi-hyphenate career as an artist and actor. Designing off-Broadway sets in the 60s led her to performance and following her career in theatre, she began writing and illustrating books for children. In total, she has written over 40 books in all areas of childrens literature ...more

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