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I'm Still Scared (A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book) Hardcover – February 16, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition, First Printing edition (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399245022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399245022
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4–In this engaging entry in the series, Tomie is now in second grade, and the book's pivotal event is the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His parents help him to cope with the uncertainty by answering questions and remaining strong as a unified family. This sensitive account provides a child's-eye view of America in World War II not only in the text, but also in the grayscale illustrations, which depict the reactions of various characters and create a firm sense of time and place. Church, family, and friends are cornerstones in getting through troubled times, and this easy chapter book will offer some comfort and insight for today's children who cope with their own fears and uncertainties.–Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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Gr. 2-4. DePaola picks up his autobiographical series right where his last title, Things Will Never Be the Same (2003),left off: December, 7, 1941. Now in second grade, little Tomie describes the reactions to the Pearl Harbor bombings, first at home, then at church, and finally at school, where the children attend special assemblies and try to understand new concepts, such as air raids. What isn't explained fully at school, Tomie can ask about at home, and with his family's caring support, he is able to work through his fears about the war. Once again, the warm, childlike narration captures both the specifics of the time and universal experiences that will connect with most children. The shaded, black-and-white sketches on each page extend the story's small, revealing moments--stinky, wet wool mittens drying on the classroom radiator; Tomie snuggled into his grandfather's hug. Children won't recognize the war details, such as blackout curtains, but they'll see their own worries about today's conflicts and feel reassured about their safety, right along with Tomie. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

"Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his ""singular attainment in children's literature,"" the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his ""continued distinguished contribution,"" and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for his books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is biographical look at Tomie dePaola's growing up years in Meriden, Connecticut. This book opens right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tomie, a 2nd grader, is scared. He hears the grownups talking, he hears the President's address on the radio, and he practices air raid drills at school. Everyone tells him that everything is alright, but he's still scared.

This book reads like fiction, but is based on Tomie's real-life experiences, and includes such real details of the war that children wouldn't otherwise know, like nylon hosery being unavailable because nylon was used for parachutes and blackout curtains being used to protect the house. It eerily parallels what today's children have had to deal with, both with the bombing of the World Trade Center five years ago, as well as children dealing today with fathers, brothers and uncles going off to serve in the war in Iraq.

I recommend this book as a read-aloud for Kindergarten up and it's a great read-alone book for kids a little older, all the way up to age 10 or so (and not so bad for the parents either).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flossy on June 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for young children to read! It covers the news of Pearl Harbor thru New Year's Eve of that year. I believe that Tomie was in the second grade at the time. Mr. dePaola does an excellent job of describing the fears and feelings that a child had at that time. He did a great job of explaining the experience (like bomb shelter preparation) without creating fear in the young reader. My 6 and 4 year old children loved it. We can't wait for the next edition. [...]
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We read the whole series and really enjoyed it. It does get more serious as it goes on and WWII starts. The last book in the series deals (in an unresolved manner) with bullying. Overall it is such a great snapshot of a unique boy growing up in the 40s.
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