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Messages to Ground Zero: Children Respond to September 11, 2001

reviewed by Naomi L. Baum - 2003

coverTitle: Messages to Ground Zero: Children Respond to September 11, 2001
Author(s): Shelley Harwayne (Compiler)
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325005141, Pages: 176, Year: 2002
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This book is a compilation of children’s poems, drawings, and writings about September 11 and the aftermath.  The book consists of drawings, poems and pieces of prose written by school-aged children third grade through high school.  Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Fund for Public Schools, and are specifically earmarked to benefit children who lost a parent in the tragedy or were forced to evacuate their schools.  The book is organized into several chapters including a general chapter on September 11, and others with the titles: “Heroes,” “Hope,” “We Will Never Forget,” “Reaching Out,” and “Trying to Understand Why”.  The works range from simple, rhyming couplets, typical of a third or fourth grader, to longer more complicated ruminations written by high school students.   When reading a book like this I realize that it serves many purposes, and as such can be evaluated from many different angles.  First and foremost, the book is an expression of children’s feelings and thoughts in the very first days... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 578-581
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11015, Date Accessed: 8/4/2021 1:59:50 AM

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  • Naomi Baum
    Israel Center for the Treatment of PsychoTrauma
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    NAOMI L. BAUM is the director of the National School Intervention Project at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psycho Trauma, Jerusalem. Dr. Baum was trained as a school psychologist, worked in schools for over twenty years, and was director of school psychological services for a regional school district in Israel for many years. She recently completed a two year fellowship at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem, and has assumed her current position aimed at developing a comprehensive intervention program to help school aged children, teachers, staff and parents deal with the complex, extremely stressful and often traumatic security situation that impacts all citizens of Israel. She is married and the mother of seven.
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