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Why Did It Happen?: Helping Children Cope in a Violent World Hardcover – March 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688123120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688123123
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"This book is meant to be read and discussed with children after a violent event has occurred or when children are simply grappling with the implications of living in a violent world," explains Cohn in her thoughtful introductory note to parents. She emphasizes the importance of encouraging youngsters to communicate their anxieties and fears about violence, and suggests ways to help them to develop empathy. An ideal springboard for parent/child dialogue, Cohn's lengthy read-aloud story introduces six-year-old Daniel, whose special friend, Mr. James, owns a small grocery store. Daniel is very upset after a robber enters the store, steals Mr. James's money and, during a struggle, breaks his arm. Cohn uses Daniel's conversations with his parents--and later with his teacher and classmates--to discuss why people commit such violent acts, as well as ways of dealing with the feelings that violence engenders. A psychotherapist, the author imparts specific, practical information for both young and adult readers. Affecting pastel pictures contributed by Owens (who also illustrated Cohn's I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend ) greatly enhance the impact. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-Daniel's friend owns the neighborhood grocery store. When Mr. James is injured during a robbery at his store, the six-year-old child must deal with fear and anger. Helped by his parents, teacher, classmates, and Mr. James himself, Daniel learns how to cope with his feelings. An introduction aimed at parents explains how they can help their children understand the existence of violence and develop compassion and empathy in spite of it. Cohn presents the issue in a sensitive and generally nonthreatening way. The actual assault is never shown and the injury is not serious; just enough is described to initiate discussion. The full-color pastel illustrations provide a comforting view of Daniel and Mr. James's story, as well as of the multicultural community. Given the presence of violence in almost every community, the topic will, unfortunately, be familiar to most readers. An excellent book for both school librarians and parents to share with their young children.
Mary Rinato Berman, New York Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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