I'm Still Scared

I'm Still Scared

by Tomie dePaola
     
 

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First-grader tomie depaola experiences uncertainty in the weeks following the attack on pearl Harbor, December 7, 19 1. what are the grown-ups talking quietly about at home and even at school? why does his class have to go to the spooky furnace room for an air raid drill? why does the family hang thick black curtains over the windows? tomie’s mother is there to

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First-grader tomie depaola experiences uncertainty in the weeks following the attack on pearl Harbor, December 7, 19 1. what are the grown-ups talking quietly about at home and even at school? why does his class have to go to the spooky furnace room for an air raid drill? why does the family hang thick black curtains over the windows? tomie’s mother is there to comfort and explain the confusion, and tomie feels better. but he’s still scared.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This reminiscent chapter book by renowned children's author and illustrator DePaola opens on Monday, December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. As adults huddle together and whisper about the implications of the attack, second grader Tomie becomes more scared. The students are released from school early so that they may be home to listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt speak to the people over the radio. Later, Tomie and his family go to a Catholic church. School routines resume, though differences emerge. The family has a decorated tree at Christmas, but lights hung outside are allowed on for only a few hours each night. His mother makes dark curtains to put over the windows at night to make sure no enemy planes can target their home, and his uncle readies to join the military. The twelve chapters capture the mood and the day-to-day life of a child in a country at war in a matter-of-fact yet reassuring way. This is the sixth book in the "26 Fairmount Avenue" series. The first, 26 Fairmount Avenue, was a 2000 Newbery Honor Book. Other books in the series include On My Way and Things Will NEVER Be the Same. 2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Young Readers, Ages 7 to 10.
—Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In this engaging entry in the series, Tomie is now in second grade, and the book's pivotal event is the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His parents help him to cope with the uncertainty by answering questions and remaining strong as a unified family. This sensitive account provides a child's-eye view of America in World War II not only in the text, but also in the grayscale illustrations, which depict the reactions of various characters and create a firm sense of time and place. Church, family, and friends are cornerstones in getting through troubled times, and this easy chapter book will offer some comfort and insight for today's children who cope with their own fears and uncertainties.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
These brilliant, seemingly artless but carefully crafted books of the famed writer-illustrator's life work on so many levels. They are straightforward enough for children beginning to master chapter books; they are utterly charming and believable; they answer the questions young readers would ask themselves, and they are illustrated with dePaola's warmly reassuring pictures and hand-printed notes from his diary. Chapter One opens on Sunday night, December 7, 1941. Readers see the attack on Pearl Harbor from the point of view of a second grader, what his parents and teachers told him-and what they didn't. Blackout curtains are made for the house at 26 Fairmont Avenue in Meriden, Conn.; there are air raid drills at school and at home; and an older kid tells Tomie he is an "ENEMY," because his name is Italian. But there is Christmas, and dancing school and Dumbo, the new Walt Disney movie. A slice of real life, true in its history and emotional resonance. (Autobiography. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101007075
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/14/2007
Series:
A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book , #6
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a
family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of
Arts&Crafts in Oakland, California.



It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.



He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major
influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his
field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library
Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.



Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different
countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.



Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.



- He has been published for over 30 years.

- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.

- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.



Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for
his books in the children's book world, including:


- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association

- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association

- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution

- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal

- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association



copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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