These are trying times. In the last few weeks, our children have watched the acts of terrorists. To children, especially, they are truly terrifying. One fifth-grader said, ?I watched them run an airplane into so many buildings.? Yes, to the childrenMoreThese are trying times. In the last few weeks, our children have watched the acts of terrorists.
To children, especially, they are truly terrifying. One fifth-grader said, ?I watched them run an airplane into so many buildings.? Yes, to the children it did not appear to be one single act of violence, but by watching it time after time, they truly believed that it was happening over and over again. How do we explain this to our children?
Experts have filled the television airwaves with suggestions. Counselors have made their way into classrooms all across the country. Teachers who have previously read My Dear Phebe have been clamoring for the book, now more than ever. It was a different war, but people are the same now as they were then. Michigan seems like an odd place to set a book about the Civil War, yet it shows how the war touched the life of every single person in the country. The same is true of the War on Terrorism, which began with the events of September 11, 2001, when we all watched in horror as the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon crumbled.
And to those innocent people whose plane went down the same day in Pennsylvania. It is my sincere hope that this book will help you in dealing with the children of the United States of America, the bravest and strongest country in the world. My suggestion is that you read the book with the children, then open it up for discussion, whether in the home or in the classroom, allowing them to freely express their fears and thoughts, just as Phebe and Sarah did with each other.
Janet Elaine Smith