My friends Christy Monson (text) and Lori Nawyn (illustrations) have a new picture book out. Written for children when bad things happen, I found this book to be quite charming.
We lived in Brooklyn during the 9-11 attack, and as we tried to talk to our young children about that, this book would have come in handy.
The text is simple and understandable. It is clear and hopeful, but avoids making promises that no one can realistically make. At the same time, it doesn't dwell on gloom either. I think they did a good job walking that balance. The illustrations were also lovely--charming and child-friendly without being silly or cliche.
Christy, who is a certified Marriage and Family Therapist explained her impetus for writing the book: "It took me about a week to write the first draft of this manuscript. I felt so sad for those who had experienced loss in the school shooting at Sandy Hook. Shortly after that a gunman shot up the Clackamas Towne Center in Oregon. Our daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters live about three miles from the center. The parents monitored the events carefully, but turned off all media to protect the kids from knowing about it. However, the next day at school the children were all talking about it, so you can't protect children from knowing about tragedies like this.
As I thought about these two catastrophes, I felt something needed to be written to help parents and children look at disasters like these, be able to share their feelings, and find hope in the world around them."
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