WHEN VERA WAS SICK by Vera Rosenberry

WHEN VERA WAS SICK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a picture-book memoir about a terrible case of spots (chicken pox, measles), Rosenberry tells about little Vera. She looks positively ghoulish--gaunt and persecuted--as docs her mother and her doctor. Vera is sent into internal exile--the spare room of the house--for the duration. The room is dim, funky, and lonely, and Vera can think of nothing but scratching. Family members make fleeting visits, but mostly the sounds of normal life float up to her from downstairs--muted clatters, tinkles, and laughter. Gradually Vera recovers and rediscovers an interest in crayons, Chinese checkers, and custard. Later still, she gains her release. It is hard to imagine children being consoled by this story. Even though the text is sound, the illness is as drawn out as children believe it is, and the ending is reassuring, the illustrations make the experience frightening and endless.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0805068325
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt