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Go to School, Little Monster Helen Ketteman’s soothing rhymes and Bonnie Leick’s sweet watercolor illustrations combine to create a reassuring first-day-of-school story that’s perfect for little monsters everywhere. See more
This book is a wonderful way to introduce a young person to the event of 9/11 (it is rated 7 years up, although it could be read to someone younger). It is hard to think, for those of us who lived through that day, that there are many young people out there who have no recollection of it. This book does a good job in in accomplishing that. The first page asks a couple true or false questions, one of which is; only a few people escaped from the World Trade Center Tower? This does give a bit of a less scary aspect on the story (if that is possible).
The 1993 attack is touched upon, as well as what is al-Qaeda? Dealing with disaster, how Americans reacted (I wish they would have shown at least some of the touching sympathetic reactions from around the world), after 9/11, true statistics, and important words. There are many pictures and Flight 93 and the Pentagon are dealt with briefly, even the Coast Guard and private boat owners rescue of people from New York, the aftermaths of the dust and the death of bin Laden. There is also a page on organizations and the addresses of the sites to visit. One strange thing, on the statistics page they only give numbers for the North Tower, not the south???
This is a book that would deal in a very factual, but yet sensitive way for young children so that they would know what 9/11 is all about and be able to remember too.
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I purchased this to use with my first graders during my teaching around 9/11 and public safety workers. It has a little too much information for use with younger children, but I'm still happy to have added it to my library.