Vanessa Bayer has made me laugh multiple times on Saturday Night Live. But her debut children’s picture book is a bit of departure from her work on SNL. How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear? (2019, Feiwel & Friends) is a poignant children’s book that will help so many of its readers.
The book starts with an introduction of “a very nice pair” of best bears. When one bear becomes sick, her friend has to learn what to do to help – and how to handle those times when she does not want to visit or play.
Inspired by Bayer’s own experiences with childhood leukemia, How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear? is a perfect book for that little (or not so little) person who knows a friend who is sick. The book is honest in its normalizing of what it is like to have a sick friend.
It reveals one of the hardest parts of life. But How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear? also honors the power of enduring friendship.
The narrator’s calm tone is complemented perfectly with Rosie Butcher‘s stunning illustrations. I especially love indoor camping full-page spread.
An important book that will resonate with so many, How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear? earns four stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️