Book Review: When You're Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

This laugh-out-loud picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist for the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band, will have sick kids feeling better in no time!

Sneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day? Don t worry, you ll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging and super-silly rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude, When You re Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered! Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid s face.

Release Date: January 2017
Age Group: Children's
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Nat & The Boys

This book couldn't have come at a more perfect time of the year, flu season! Sickness of varying viruses are hitting homes across the country with loads of Kleenex, Sprite and chicken noodle soup being the staple at dinnertime.

The Sickness Song
When You're Feeling Sick is a really cute rhyming text, picture book with bright and bold images. At times the actual text made me think of a good 'ol country boy reading this book to his sick kid with words & phrases like "cuz" and "oh man". Throughout the book it identifies the feelings and emotions we have when we just feel bad and makes light of it with silly faces and sick day protocols. Come to think of it, this might be ideal to read to husbands too... YOU WILL LIVE GUYS.

Something unique and cool about this book is the fact that Coy sings The Sickness Song and it can be downloaded for free. {Click on the Sick Bug to listen & download}

This is one that I recommend as a gift. It is the ideal book to give as a Get Well gesture accompanied by a can of chicken noodle soup & lots of hugs {and maybe a bottle of GermX}.

Teacher Note:
  • ideal target audience: pre-K to Kindergarten age children
  • easy introduction to sickness & signs/symptoms
  • identify caregivers and their role in children's care (i.e. doctors, nurses)
  • sick day protocol 
  • ideal to incorporate music into learning environment
  • I created a lesson plan and you can view it HERE and use it!
Side Note: When I am creating a lesson for a younger audience it is rare that I find a song to add-in. For instance, when I teach the food label I add a food label rap song, sounds super corny but it gets their attention. When Bobby Bones came out with The Planet Song I called my mom and told her I had the perfect song for learning the planets {My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas}. Teaching with music is awesome and can really set the mood. Sorry... my inner teacher came out.

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