Do Not Be Sad - A Chronicle Of Healing

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9780941807807: Do Not Be Sad - A Chronicle Of Healing

Children's letters and artwork sent from across America to Engine 24 Ladder 5 FDNY after 9/11. A stunning 64-page tribute with colorful drawings and letters from a nation's children to Manhattan firefighters. Essays and reflection by leaders from both New York and the nation. Proceeds go to the youngest victims of September 11 through The Children's Aid Society. Many of the books out there for children in this category are adult books about grieving forced into a juvenile book format. This is something different. This is a book that is written by children. It reflects all the love, affirmation and hope through a child's eye. This particular firehouse was one of the first on the scene and lost 11 of its members on 9/11. Children from across the country sent words and pictures of hope and love to these grieving firefighters and their families. After 9/11, an ad agency in the neighborhood offered to help the firefighters any way they could. Together with the firemen, they gathered these images and letters and contacted Welcome about putting together a book.

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Of all of the art created in response to 9/11, some of the most moving comes from children. These two books collect work from different sources. The Day Our World Changed is a sophisticated presentation of painting, drawing, collage, and other media contributed by parents and schools all over the New York metropolitan area in the months after the attacks. Goodman, a psychologist and art therapist who works with NYU's Child Study Center, and Fahnestock, a curator at the Museum of the City of New York, organize the art thematically and contextualize the images with essays by influential child psychologist Harold Koplewicz, political figures (e.g., Rudolph Giuliani), cultural thinkers (e.g., Pete Hamill), and more. Reproduced in expressive full color, the works are remarkable and also very graphic, revealing just how inundated these kids were with imagery and information and how horrified they were. The artists, from five to 18 years old, created complex works that capture many aspects of grief; among those worthy of note is 17-year-old Babul Miah's "Empire Fallen," a painting of two dead birds falling through the air. An exhibit of this work opened on September 11, 2002, at the Museum of the City of New York, and reproductions of these and other images can be found online (www. TheDayOurWorldChanged.org). The less formal Do Not Be Sad produces the many notes and drawings sent by children from all over the United Sates to the Engine 24 Ladder 5 FDNY firehouse in downtown Manhattan. The comparatively simple drawings, mostly crayon and pencil, tend to offer direct encouragement and thanks. A brief introduction offers the barest context for the images that follow, and children's names and city are listed when available. Proceeds will go to the Children's Aid Society. Given that many firehouses in the city were covered with these messages of solidarity, this book is a useful record and very interesting next to the comparatively mature The Day Our World Changed. Libraries with enough resources should collect both, but all libraries should have The Day Our World Changed.
Rebecca Miller, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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