When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her normally attentive parents and neighbors are suddenly exhausted and distracted. At school, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpersthe good people working to make things better in big and small ways. She wants more than anything to help in a BIG way, but maybe she can start with one small act of kindness instead . . . and then another, and another.Small things can compound, after all, to make a world of difference.
The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul touches on themes of community, resilience, and optimism with an authenticity that will resonate with readers young and old.
|Publisher:||Roaring Brook Press|
|Product dimensions:||10.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Lynne Reul is an illustrator and award-winning 2D animator who likes science, bright colors and figuring out how things work. After a number of years in science museum education and non-profit administration, she was lured back to school by the magic of making drawings come to life. She earned an MFA in 2D Animation from the Academy of Art University and her thesis film, “The Search for the Monster of Lake Quannapowitt”, won Best Animation for Kids at Animation Block Party 2015. Sarah Lynne strives to pack all the dynamic energy of animation into each of her illustrations. Originally from Brooklyn, she now lives just outside of Boston with her husband and two little girls.
Sarah is the author and illustrator of The Breaking News.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Breaking News is such a timely read and a reminder that we may not be able to control the big scary world but one small act of love next to another small act of love “grows” bigger love. I loved this tender book and its message to us all.
THE BREAKING NEWS brings us a glimpse of a community struggling to cope with upsetting developments, and highlights the role that a girl fulfills to restore and heal them. The book opens with a family happily engaged in potting plants at the kitchen table. But a television in the background interrupts with unsettling news, distracting the parents and disrupting the normal rhythm of life. The little girl, round-eyed and tender-hearted, notices the changes all around her. She becomes determined to act and restore balance to her family, school and community. Advised by her teacher to look for helpers, our heroine undertakes big and small acts of generosity and kindness. Bold gestures – washing dishes, putting on a silly show, and inventing imaginary force fields – fall flat. But slowly she discovers that many small gestures performed with love and care – tending to the dog, reading to her brother, caring for the recently-potted plant – begin to make a difference. THE BREAKING NEWS is a helpful, heart-filled book. It bridges the gap between acknowledging distressing events and supporting the family circle where children learn to cope and counter sadness and fear. Reul’s balanced blend of warm and grey toned illustrations underscore the message of empowerment and hope. Reul brings together a brighter future and stronger community by the book’s end, making this a timely, helpful resource for families to discuss broader community issues.
It is hard for us to process things when bad things happen in the world, especially so for children. Small acts of kindness can effect positive change in our homes and in our communities. This story is very timely and has a lovely message for children and adults alike.
This book take an important and timely topic in today's world and explores it in a simple and easy-to-relate to manner. Told from the point of view of a young girl whose family has heard bad news on television, the book shows how bad news can impact everyone--from distracted and distraught adults to confused and frightened children. The girl tries to cheer up her parents but feels powerless until she comes up with one small idea. Given today's climate, this story will resonate with both parents and children. It will serve as a great conversations starter on what can be done to perhaps affect bad news situations in which they feel powerless to help. A book every parent and/or teacher should read to their child/student.
A sad, unknown event rocks the community of a little girl. She watches it affect her family, neighbors, friends, and school. There is something familiar about the sadness that settles over everyone around her. The quiet whispers. The heavy hearts. The illustrations and the muted colors convey this beautifully. Then this little girl tries to find the goodness in all the bad which is such a perfect lesson for children. When I read it to my little girls, they said that their favorite part was the end. The sadness is so palpable throughout the book, yet it ends on this uplifting, hopeful, inspiration note. I love this book.