A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma

A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma

by Margaret M. Holmes, Cary Pillo
     
 

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Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got hi m in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the ter rible thing

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Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got hi m in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the ter rible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much b etter. This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for childre n who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, includi ng physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suici de, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sash a J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of oth er sources that focus on specific events.

Editorial Reviews

When a traumatic event occurs in childhood, a child may have difficulty expressing and understanding feelings. The young raccoon in this story helps to depict the feelings and thoughts associated with trauma. A counselor uses art and play as a means of helping the raccoon understand the event. There is a section for parents about how to understand what children may be experiencing and how to help them. A wonderful book for traumatized children and their parents, it is also an excellent resource to help children understand counseling. 2000, Magination Press, $14.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: S. Latson SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557986429
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
31
Sales rank:
302,116
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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