Wednesday, September 9, 2009


The anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 is almost upon us. For the youngest children, this anniversary will pass unnoticed. For the slightly older there may be questions as somehow the zeitgeist of our culture has a way of creeping in.

A beautiful book in our library may be a way to begin to address these events with the 5 and older crowd. "Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey" by Maira Kalman tells the true story of an older boat brought into to help on that fateful day. School Library Journal writes, "'Fireboat' does many things. It sets forth an adventure, helps commemorate an anniversary, offers an interesting bit of history, celebrates the underdog, and honors the fire-fighting profession. Children and adults will respond to it in as many ways."

It made me cry...but in a good way.

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