A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma

Illustrated by Cary Pillo
Pages: 32, Color
Size: 8" x 8"
Age Range: 4-8
Item #: 4417017
ISBN: 978-1-55798-701-3
List Price: $9.95
Copyright: 2000
Format: Softcover
Other Format: Hardcover
Availability: In Stock
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Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better.

This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sasha J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.

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