How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear?

This is more than a book, it’s going to change the way your children understand friendship, loyalty and illness.

How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear is a beautifully written book by Vanessa Bayer with gorgeous illustrations by Rosie Butcher. This book will really change the way your children view their friends, illness and the world. We love this book by MacMillian Publishers!

Bear is a wonderful bear who is fun, giggly and full of adventure and is also sick. The other bear in the book is set up to be your child, so your child can see what it is like to be friends with the wonderful and sick Bear. Sometimes Bear is ready for fun and sometimes Bear needs some rest time. Bear just loves having you around and your presence and friendship means everything to Bear, as Bear’s friendship will mean to your child.

An Inspirational Bayer

This book was derived from Vanessa’s personal experience. At only fifteen, she was diagnosed with leukemia and was treated for two and a half years. Having friends surround her during those times made a world of difference. They visited, called and would catch Vanessa up on the latest happenings during school.

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These simple exchanges helped a very sick b(e)ayer get through some of the tougher times and can help a child who is ill better articulate what they need from their friends.

The Lesson

We find that many people are nervous on how to navigate a friendship with an individual going through struggles, whether it be a physical illness or a mental health challenge. Just being a friend and treating each other like the beloved human beings that they are can make a world of difference. Every sick bear deserves extra love!

Whether you are a child learning about empathy and true friendship or a wonderful parent who needs this simple yet profound reminder, How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear should be on every bookshelf for every family.