The Boy Who Sat by the Window: Helping Children Cope with Violence

The Boy Who Sat by the Window: Helping Children Cope with Violence

by Chris Loftis, Catharine Gallagher
     
 

In this touching story of a small boy whose classmate is killed by random gunfire, Chris Loftis uses his expertise as a counselor to heal the fragile psyches of children who have witnessed violence and/or the death of a peer. He teaches coping skills and restores hope by instilling a message of peace.

Overview

In this touching story of a small boy whose classmate is killed by random gunfire, Chris Loftis uses his expertise as a counselor to heal the fragile psyches of children who have witnessed violence and/or the death of a peer. He teaches coping skills and restores hope by instilling a message of peace.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7In a text arranged in a poetic format, Loftis describes the reactions of various people when a young boy is shot by four gang members. This senseless act of violence has particular impact on Joshua, one of the slain child's classmates. Fear, worry, and mistrust permeate his thoughts. A particularly poignant moment occurs when Joshua runs into the mother of one of the teens responsible for the murder, and she acknowledges all the pain the community feels. "Nothing will ever be the same," she says. Gallagher uses silhouettes and dramatic cartoon images combined with bold lines and somber colors to convey the helplessness that takes over Joshua's world. This is industrial-strength, heavy-duty picture-book fare, with none of the redemptive power of Eve Bunting's Smoky Night (Harcourt, 1994). Bunting does not sugarcoat violence, but she shows people coming together in response to it. Loftis only shows the pain. The book could be useful for prompting discussion of gangs and violence with older students, but is too graphic in both words and images for young readers.Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882821474
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Let's Talk Series
Pages:
52
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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