Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines

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How can we cope in a world filled with pollution, poverty, and violence? In our media-centric society, this is a question that kids come face-to-face with at increasingly young ages. And ever since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, our personal safety has never felt more in danger.
With their unique combination of sensitivity, insight, and humor drawn from their years of counseling experience as clerics, nationally known commentators Rabbi Marc Gellman and ...

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Overview

How can we cope in a world filled with pollution, poverty, and violence? In our media-centric society, this is a question that kids come face-to-face with at increasingly young ages. And ever since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, our personal safety has never felt more in danger.
With their unique combination of sensitivity, insight, and humor drawn from their years of counseling experience as clerics, nationally known commentators Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman address such front-page tragedies as hate crimes, terrorism, school and sports violence, and substance abuse. After exploring some of the complex factors that lead such tragedies to happen, each chapter addresses what small but important steps might be taken in order to prevent them from happening again. And although some "bad stuff" is unavoidable, they invite readers to discover how simple acts of comfort can make a big difference.

This essential handbook for today's modern youth will help kids and parents deal with confusing, troubling, or scary events, while showing them how to take part in repairing the broken world around them.

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Authors Rabbi Gellman and Monsignor Hartman, known together as the "God Squad," have authored children's books on serious topics such as loss, grief, and God's place in today's world. This new title is a collaborative effort to help kids see that the world is not as bad a place as it may seem. Bad Stuff deals with understanding terrorism, hunger, domestic violence, addiction, hate, and both natural and unnatural environmental disasters. The authors offer alternative and enlightening perspectives on world issues while still keeping faith in God. They are concerned about the consequences of children "getting more and more bummed out by all of the bad stuff in the news." Kids who are regularly exposed to suffering may become afraid or worse yet, uncaring cynics. Readers are reminded, "there's a way to keep your faith and watch the news." Bad Stuff provides comfort and insight into disconcerting life events, but some readers might feel uncomfortable with the overlying theme of religion as a means of coping. YAs might find themselves too overwhelmed by the issues to read the whole book in one sitting. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, SeaStar Books, North-South Books, 116p. illus.,
— Jennifer Banas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587171321
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/31/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Marc Gellman is one half of the well-known "God Squad," along with Monsignor Thomas Hartman. The two are authors of Lost and Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss and How Do You Spell God? Answers to the Big Questions from Around the World. He

Monsignor Thomas Harman is one half of the well-known "God Squad," along with Rabbi Marc Gellman. The two are authors of Lost and Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss and How Do You Spell God? Answers to the Big Questions from Around the World. He

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi
1. Terrorism 1
When bombs explode and planes get hijacked and buildings blaze with fire and lots of people get hurt and die
When angry and hateful people threaten and destroy life
When people who say they have an important message send only a big and scary message of violence
2. Kids Killing Kids 13
When kids bring guns to school and shoot people for no reason
When kids beat other kids
When school doesn't seem safe anymore
3. Hunger Near and Far 27
When you see starving children who look like skeletons with big eyes
When you see people sleeping in refrigerator boxes
When kids have no money for lunch
When poverty stares you right in the face
4. The Wild Earth 39
When you see pictures of a house floating down the street
When you see towns crumbled up in an earthquake
When forest fires burn trees and animals and houses for miles and miles
When the earth looks wild, mean, and very scary
5. Crash, Smash & Burn 47
When you see pieces of an airplane floating in the water or scattered in a field
When a ship sinks and people drown
When a train goes off the tracks
When cars crash and kill people
When the things we build to help us end up hurting us
6. Please Don't Hit Me 57
When you hear about kids beaten or even killed by their own parents
When you see wives scared of their husbands
When adults sexually abuse children
When home isn't the safest place for you to be
7. The Hate That Leads to Harm 65
When you see people hurt others because of the color of their skin or their religion or where they're from
When people hate governments so much that they blow up buildings
When hate is so strong, it leads people to kill
8. Really Bad Sports 73
When you go to see a good game but end up seeing a bad fight
When people play to hurt and not for the love of the game
When parents don't play by the rules of sportsmanship
When sports are dangerous and not fun
9. Mucking Up the Earth 81
When dead fish float down a polluted river
When you see oil-covered birds and otters after an oil spill
When food you think is safe is a poison
When clean air and clean water and clean dirt are hard to find
When people mess with the environment
10. Sad & Scary Addicts 89
When you see famous people ruined by drugs
When you see ordinary people killed by drunk drivers
When drug dealers shoot people and get shot
When people think that they need chemicals to be happy
11. Sick, Dying People 99
When little babies who didn't do anything to anybody get sick and die
When diseases spread all over the world and kill millions of people
When old people forget who they are
When people have to fight their bodies to live
12. Bad for Them, Good for You? 109
When you see stuff on TV that upsets other people, but not you
When your clothes or music freak out your parents
When the bad stuff doesn't seem so bad to you
13. Life Isn't Perfect Yet 115
When you finally understand that life isn't perfect and that this is perfectly okay
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