A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and its Aftermath

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From the pages of The New York Times, A Nation Challenged: A Young Reader's Edition is a moving record of events and reactions from the attacks on 9/11 through the closing of the WTC recovery site.

In an intimate and moving portrait of the occurrences of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath, A Nation Challenged is a tragic, yet ultimately reassuring record of the most pivotal event in modern American history. After witnessing such monumental acts of destruction and violence, ...

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Overview

From the pages of The New York Times, A Nation Challenged: A Young Reader's Edition is a moving record of events and reactions from the attacks on 9/11 through the closing of the WTC recovery site.

In an intimate and moving portrait of the occurrences of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath, A Nation Challenged is a tragic, yet ultimately reassuring record of the most pivotal event in modern American history. After witnessing such monumental acts of destruction and violence, America's children were inundated with new fears. Some of them grieve for lost loved ones, some of them grieve out of sheer confusion and anxiety, and some of them cannot grieve at all, unable to comprehend the enormity of what happened. This book will answer their questions about how and why these acts occurred in

Text, photographs, and illustrations from the New York times section, "A nation challenged," record how the world was changed due to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and their aftermath.

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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

Publishers Weekly
As September approaches, a crop of titles reaches out to young readers. A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and Its Aftermath, Young Readers Edition, edited by Mitchel Levitas, photos edited by Nancy Lee and Lonnie Schlein, with an introduction by New York Times executive editor Howell Raines, presents an intimate account of one of America's darkest days, adapted from the stories that ran in the Times. Text pulled directly from the paper's pages plus Pulitzer Prize-winning photos create a sense of immediacy while helping readers make sense of the war in Afghanistan, the tragedy's impact on the global community and new security measures at home and abroad. A "How to Help" section and comprehensive resource listings put the focus on the future.
Children's Literature
"It was one of those moments in which history splits, and we define the world as 'before' and 'after.'" Thus an editorial in The New York Times issue of September 12, 2001 sets the tone for this extensive summary of the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, as reported by the press corps of the bleeding city's own daily. The Times' coverage, largely in a new section entitled A Nation Challenged, earned it a Pulitzer Prize. This edited-for-children book retains the searing quality of unbelief while observing and the incomprehension while reporting that universally characterize the reactions of eyewitnesses to the tragedy. Divided into chapters called September 11, 2001; The Days After; Meeting the Challenge Abroad; and Meeting the Challenge at Home, the editors show, tell, and explain major issues. They detail the routes of the four airplanes; diagram how the buildings collapsed; describe the heroic response of ordinary people, police, and firefighters; report the reactions of mayor, president and other world figures; chronicle the anthrax scare; explain actions taken against the enemy; and conclude with the May 30, 2002 ceremony marking the end of the recovery effort at Ground Zero. The book will fill a need of young people—of all people—to try to understand, to linger and learn, and perhaps to begin healing from the senseless act that affected us all more deeply than we can yet fathom. Introduction by Howell Raines. 2002, Callaway/Scholastic,
— Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
Howell Raines, Executive Editor of the New York Times, introduces this book whose contents were culled from the Pulitzer prize-winning section of the paper, A Nation Challenged. The challenge, of course, was how to share a record of terrifying events and images in a responsible, age-appropriate manner. The editors have succeeded admirably. Through the generous use of white space; the carefully selected, climactic spreads contrasting with smaller, more personal scenes; and a clean design, including boxed tidbits of information, they give viewers a chance to breathe. Coverage of the three crash sites and the ensuing war is interspersed with snapshots of strong leaders, caring citizens, a global community united in grief, letters and art from peers, and scenes of Afghan children. Sometimes there is just one sentence per page, but the well-chosen words are packed with meaning and substance. The organization and content anticipate children's questions, e.g., detailed diagrams explain the physics of the towers' collapse or depict the interior of an Al Qaeda mountain bunker. The presentation, pacing, and progression are all orchestrated to make this resource informative and palatable for youngsters, without diminishing the overall impact. In moving from the May 30th photo of the ceremony accompanying the removal of the World Trade Center's last steel girder to the section on how children can help and the list of Web sites, this title signals a type of closure and a call to continue to think and to act.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Taken from its own coverage of the events of September 11th and their aftermath, New York Times editors have adapted a Young Reader’s Edition from their adult title of the same name. The text bites are short, but vivid, and each is credited with the reporter and date of its appearance in the newspaper. Photographs of the burning and collapse are balanced by a diagram showing how the North Tower fell; images of candlelit vigils are powerful, but even more so is that of a 12-year-old refugee girl from Afghanistan, in school in Pakistan for the first time. The attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the crash of the hijacked plane in Pennsylvania, the anthrax scare, and the war in Afghanistan are covered in broad clear strokes: just enough to get the mind around. Letters from children and prayers from adults around the world are illustrated in the clean, clear layout of the design; readers might find comfort in a package that pulls everything together in a manageable format. The World Trade Center site cleanup—and its completion in May of this year—acts as a muted drumbeat through the progression of the pictures. Web sites with resources are listed at the end, but best of all is a series of simple recommendations about what young people might do: "Make friends with someone who looks different from you." "Go to the library and take out a book to help you understand the different nationalities and religions of your peers." A first choice for those who want an illustrated overview. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439488037
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: New York Times Series
  • Edition description: Young Reader's Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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