Helping younger and older children reflect on, and learn from, the events of September 11th can be a tough job for parents or educators, but gratefully, the staff of The New York Times has assembled a stirring collection of its award-winning photos and commentary to begin discussions about that unforgettable day.
A young reader's companion to the adult version, this educational tribute brings together published images; quotes from newspaper stories that include eyewitness accounts; factual information, including the amount of debris that was removed from the Twin Towers site; and extensive graphics, such as the "Anatomy of a Mountain Bunker" used by al-Qaeda operatives. Divided into four main sections -- "September 11, 2001," "The Days After," "Meeting the Challenge Abroad," and "Meeting the Challenge at Home" -- the book relates events from the attack on the Twin Towers to the "Final Farewell," when the recovery and clean-up efforts officially ended on May 30, 2002. The book also includes an introduction by the executive editor of The New York Times, along with sections on helping out, maps of the United States and Afghanistan, added resources, and a large glossary.
Anyone looking for a complete account of September 11th for young readers should turn to this book first. The images throughout are moving and informative, and the material is thoughtfully presented, giving necessary space to the attack itself but focusing more on the heroic recovery efforts, tributes, and world events. No source could have put together this impressive memorial like the world-renowned newspaper that covered it all, and readers will be inspired to investigate more. Simply excellent. Matt Warner