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Helping Hands: A City and a Nation Lend Their Support at Ground Zero

Helping Hands: A City and a Nation Lend Their Support at Ground Zero

by Marylou Morano Kjelle

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-These representatives of a multivolume series combine superficial treatments of narrow topics, thinly disguised padding, recycled information, and signs of careless editing. In First to Arrive, only the first and last of the seven chapters deal with events on or following September 11; the rest is a skimpy overview of the history of firefighting in America, plus a modern firefighter's training and special equipment. Helping Hands, the best of the lot, stays on topic with general accounts of government, corporate, and personal efforts to assist rescue workers and victims in the disaster's immediate wake. However, some of its claims, such as the assertion that steel softens at a higher temperature than it melts, or that President Bush "emerged as a strong and confident leader" in the wake of the attacks, are, at best, debatable. Similarly, though We the People is balanced enough to take note of protests to the federal government's sweeping post-9/11 assaults on civil liberties, Valdez's belief that the anthrax letters were "the first fatal instance of biological terrorism on U.S. soil" ignores, for instance, the smallpox and other epidemics that wiped out entire tribes of Native Americans in centuries past. All three titles feature occasional small color photos. Considering how thoroughly the territory is being mined, libraries should gauge local demand carefully, and if possible wait for more considered accounts of the 2001 attacks' aftermath.-John Peters, New York Public Library

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Chelsea House Publishers
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United We Stand Series
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New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.39(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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