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At 8:47 am on September 11th, 2001, the first alarm sounded and twenty-four firemen from Engine 24 Ladder 5 left the station. Eleven never returned. The weight of the tragedy seemed unfathomable. And yet it was being experienced at firehouses all over New York City.

Within hours, Mayor Giuliani set up a makeshift headquarters at Engine 24 Ladder 5, just blocks from where the tragedy began. The station was quickly becoming a pivotal symbol for ...

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Overview

At 8:47 am on September 11th, 2001, the first alarm sounded and twenty-four firemen from Engine 24 Ladder 5 left the station. Eleven never returned. The weight of the tragedy seemed unfathomable. And yet it was being experienced at firehouses all over New York City.

Within hours, Mayor Giuliani set up a makeshift headquarters at Engine 24 Ladder 5, just blocks from where the tragedy began. The station was quickly becoming a pivotal symbol for what the entire city was going through.

In the days, weeks and months that followed, hundreds of letters from children across the country poured into Engine 24 Ladder 5. They expressed their love, appreciation and support. They reflect what many of us are feeling; A shared loss, a shared grief, a shared resilience and pride in New York and in our country. It is a sentiment so strong that these children felt the need to reach out to people they had never met.

The children of America sent the letters here to Engine 24 Ladder 5 - but they were meant for all New York City firefighters. In the midst of grief, pain and confusion, their innocence, love and hope supply much-needed inspiration and offer tribute to a group of true American heroes.

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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 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941807807
  • Publisher: Welcome Enterprises
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.36 (w) x 13.32 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    You Will Be Amazed

    After many hours scimming countless adult books about 9-11-01, I finally found the one that went home with me. Do Not Be Sad had the most profound affect on me from the minute I opened it. The pictures drawn by the children and what they wrote to Engine 24 Ladder 5 of the FDNY were truly amazing. Masterpieces of genuine emotion. I broke down in tears. Kids from all over the world sent pictures and letters to the FDNY helping to remind them, and us all, that even in times of sadness, we are never alone. It was an uplifting message that I wanted to take home with me. I'm glad I did.

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