Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Children's Book of the Week for January 17-23

Jenny is Scared! When Sad Things Happen in the World
by Carol Shuman

With the recent events happening in Haiti, your children may be asking questions about things that happen in our world and what they mean. This book explores how sad events happening in our world affect children and how to respond to them. We always try to shelter our children from these types of events to protect them from the hurts of the world, but in reality, they are still affected and need our help in understanding why these things happen.

Plot: Jenny and her brother Sam are scared! The TV has played news all morning, Jenny's piano lesson was canceled, and Mom and Dad forgot to make lunch. Jenny and Sam want to know what's going on and how not to be so scared, and Mom and Dad can help. With honest sensitivity, Jenny Is Scared! explores children's fears, and reactions surrounding terrorism, war, and other violent events. A Note to Parents by author and psychologist Ann Rasmussen, Psy.D., explains how young children respond to violence and tragedy, provides concrete suggestions for helping them feel more safe, and offers families ideas for making the world a better place.

Activities that you can do with your children:
  • Talk about things that are going on in the world, ask them questions about what they think of the situations, if they noticed things happening, ect.
  •  Read other books on fears, draw out what your children are most scared of and help them understand how to ease their fears. Some great books for this are: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt, The Bad-News Report Card by Nancy Poydar, and The Bravest of the Brave by Shutta Crum

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