Cover image for Felix feels better
Title:
Felix feels better
Author:
Wells, Rosemary.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Felix feels bad and does not want to eat or play, so his mother takes him to Doctor Duck, who makes everything better.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 49839.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 31311 Guided reading level: H.
ISBN:
9780763606398
Format :
Book

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Summary

Acclaimed author-illustrator Rosemary Wells offers a spoonful of picture book pleasure that will have everyone feeling better! Felix ate too many chocolate blimpies, and he doesn't feel well. Not even Mama's dose of sugared prunes helps him feel "perkier". So off to Doctor Duck he must go. "Don't be afraid, my little moonbeam", says Mama. But Felix is afraid. Best-selling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells applies her rare ability to tell a funny, heartfelt story about a common childhood experience: going to the doctor. Comforting and friendly, Doctor Duck--whom readers first met in HERE COMES MOTHER GOOSE--takes a star turn in FELIX FEELS BETTER, and Wells's inimitable artwork will delight small children and reassure even the most reluctant young patient.


Author Notes

Rosemary Wells was born in New York City on January 29, 1943. She studied at the Museum School in Boston. Without her degree, she left school at the age of 19 to get married. She began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing.

She is an author and illustrator of over 60 books for children and young adults. Her first book was an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan's I Have a Song to Sing-O. Her other works include Martha's Birthday, The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, Unfortunately Harriet, Mary on Horseback, and Timothy Goes to School. She also created the characters of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko, which are featured in some of her books. She has won numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Poe award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-4. Wells is a master at dramatizing the anger, rivalry, and rebellion in young children. This story, about tenderness and family affection, is for a different mood; it's just right for those times when a toddler needs a loving adult: "At bedtime Felix ate too many chocolate blimpies and stayed up way too late." The next morning he puts his head down on the breakfast table and can't touch Mama's pancakes. She gets him toasty and warm and makes him a cup of chamomile tea. She tries other remedies, too, but when nothing works, she takes him to the doctor. Felix is afraid, but Mama is there while the doctor examines him, takes his temperature, and gives him some medicine that works. Felix is a guinea pig. His mama has big swept-up hair, a bright red dress, and a warm embrace. "Don't be afraid," my little moonbeam," she reassures him as she drives him to smiling competent Doctor Duck, clad in a white coat and stethoscope. The gentle body language between Felix and Mama says it all. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Reprising characters glimpsed in Here Comes Mother Goose, the incomparable Wells stages one of childhood's most commonplace dramas a trip to the doctor and presents it with such gentleness that the experience becomes soothing instead of scary. Once again she demonstrates her supreme economy: the words are few, leading the audience into the artwork for the full story. The tale opens with Felix, a guinea pig, whooping it up, jumping on his bed and flinging his toys about with happy abandon: "At bedtime Felix ate too many chocolate blimpies and stayed up way too late." As Felix suffers the after-effects the next day, his mother offers various remedies (chamomile tea, sugared prunes) before calling Doctor Duck, who perches atop his desk, barely bigger than his telephone. Felix is afraid, but Doctor Duck lets Felix's mother stay with him, then performs a painless examination and doses Felix with "two spoonfuls of Happy Tummy." Evoking the days of radio and rotary phones, the curving images in the pictures suggest comfort as they echo the mother's rounded, embracing figure. Doctor Duck, in a red and white polka-dot bow tie and pinstriped vest under his white jacket, his spectacles midway down his bill, seems always to be smiling; Felix, meanwhile, is allowed to look nervous. Children in the throes of minor illness as well as those who worry about visiting the doctor will find this reassuring book a welcome Rx. Ages 2-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The morning after a little guinea pig eats "too many chocolate blimpies" and stays up past his bedtime, he is not his usual perky self. Mama tries to help him feel better, but when he does not make "his motorcycle noises" while playing outside, she realizes that something is wrong. Felix is afraid to visit Doctor Duck, but Mama stays with him the whole time, and after two spoonfuls of "Happy Tummy" and a good nap, he feels much better. This charming story reads beautifully, and subtly deals with children's fears. Felix is an adorable fellow and Wells expertly portrays his every mood through her art. Her delightful watercolor-and-ink illustrations add warmth and character to the tale. A perfect choice for reading aloud or for one-on-one sharing.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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