They say laughter is the best medicine, but personally I think a good book can also do the trick! Luckily you can have both with Vanessa Bayer’s “How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear.” You may know Vanessa Bayer from her work on Saturday Night Live, and now she has written her first picture book, inspired by events from her own adolescence.
When Vanessa was in high school, she was diagnosed with leukemia, and she had a group of friends who stood by her side. Her friends would visit or not visit, depending on how she felt, and they would always make sure she was up to date on the latest gossip. “How to Care for a Very Sick Bear” is a great story for kids and adults alike who have sick family or friends. The words and illustrations are very sweet and are a great way to talk about compassion and empathy.
Check out this booklist for other stories about dealing with physical illness, feeling sad, loss and caring for any sick bears you might have in your life.