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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Being Brave For Bailey by Corey Gut is a story told in rhyme about a dog named Bailey who is loved and cherished by his human family. This gentle story follows through Bailey’s visits to the veterinarian and the time when the family have to decide that the kindest decision for them to make is to let Bailey go. The story is beautifully illustrated by Jaime Myers with soft, gentle colours that perfectly enhance the storyline. The story focuses on Bailey and his needs rather than the needs of the family, and the kindness and support of an understanding veterinarian. Corey Gut, the author, is in fact a veterinarian who wrote the story to help parents explain a difficult time for children to understand.
Needless to say, I cried as I read this; it is told with such gentleness but also frankness. Bailey the dog is suffering and it is not fair to let him continue in that way. The rhyming is soothing, as are the illustrations. Although tears are inevitable, there is positivity as well by suggesting that it doesn’t need to be the end of owning a pet, but perhaps the beginning of a new friendship. Losing a beloved pet is very difficult for everyone but especially for young children. This story will help them through the process. There are also some useful ideas at the end for commemorating a beloved pet, which gives children something to think about and plan in a positive way.