I'll Know What to Do: A Kid's Guide to Natural Disasters

Pages: 64, Black & white
Size: 6" x 8 1/2"
Age Range: 8-13
Item #: 4414590
ISBN: 978-1-55798-459-3
List Price: $9.95
Copyright: 1997
Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Pretty scary words, especially for anyone who lives in a place that has experienced any of these events. In particular, a child who has survived a natural disaster, or seen one on television, may have trouble falling asleep, have nightmares, or start worrying too much. This book will help.

I'll Know What to Do looks at each natural disaster separately. First it gives the facts:

  • What causes an earthquake?
  • Can we predict a tornado?
  • Why are mud slides dangerous?
  • How are fires tracked?

Then it provides important tips on prevention, safety, and what to do in case disaster does strike. Perhaps most important, though, the book explores the feelings that often emerge in the aftermath, and offers useful techniques to help young people work through them. This is the first book of its kind—a manual for helping kids understand and cope with their feelings and reactions to these frightening events.

About the Authors

Bonnie S. Mark, PhD, is a therapist specializing in child and adolescent treatment and a supervisor at the Maple Counseling Center, Los Angeles, as well as co-author of The Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Vols. I and II.

Aviva Layton is the author of several children's books and a college-level literature and composition instructor.

About the Illustrator
Michael Chesworth is an author, artist, and designer who has illustrated may children's books. He lives in Massachusetts.
Reviews & Awards

Practical and realistic…the important focus on verbalizing feelings can be deeply reassuring to children and to parents facing natural disasters. Ideally the whole family should read this book together.
—Saul L. Brown, MD, Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry, UCLA Medical School

This intelligent, sensitive, and highly practical guide speaks in plain language and is of great potential help in preparing children to deal with natural disasters. Based on sound clinical experience…full of useful information…instructive and well presented, it ought to be welcomed by professionals as well as parents.
—Anna and Paul Ornstein, Professors Emeritus, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry