SYNOPSIS:”How does a parent explain senseless mass violence to a child who is just old enough to be aware that the world has become an unpredictable and frightening place? Kindness In A Scary World is a story about a family that watches news coverage of a terrorist attack and the family’s reaction to the event. The child questions why the attack happened and whether their family is safe. The parents honestly answer their child’s many questions about the attack and help reduce their child’s fear by focusing on positive ways the child can contribute to society. This ground-breaking first in children’s literature is a must-have for anyone with young children in their lives, written by a therapist who has focused on healing traumatized children and families for two decades.”
MY THOUGHTS: Catastrophes of any kind present parents with a conundrum. How does one explain evil in the world? Not all events are the same and none of them have a ‘cookie cutter’ response. But, Rebecca J. Hubbard has nailed down a unique and appropriate answer to children’s questions.
With news coverage of killings and terrorist activities a daily occurrence, children are often exposed to these dramatic events without our knowledge. When we think they aren’t listening, they are. It’s a scenario that every parent has or will encounter. Many times, parents are put on the spot to answer without time to really think. This book offers a way to proactively address these issues.
All the possible questions a child could ask are presented in a story format. While your child is hearing a storybook, parents are gaining insight on handling catastrophes. Included in the book is a type of question & answer section for further advice. These situations are never ones that parents expect to have, but they will pop up from time to time. Thankfully, Rebecca J. Hubbard has written a book for children & their parents. As for the story itself, the characters are certainly believable. The parents in the book are portrayed as caring and knowledgeable and the child interacts with them in a loving, respectful way.
I’ve recommended this book several times and continue to do so. It’s innovative methods for dealing with crisis make it a good choice for your child’s bookshelf. I give it a 4 star rating.
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