Yesterday, kids across America learned of another heartless tragedy. It is getting harder to explain bad people to my children when they don't even begin to grasp that concept. They hear about things like the Las Vegas shooting and they are left with many questions. How could someone be so evil. What do we do if we are in a similar situation. How do we make the world better.
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I was sent this book - Come With Me - by Holly McGhee. She wrote it years after 9/11 but with the event in mind. How can parents talk to children and help them remain fearless in a world that seems broken.
I read this book with my 6 year old. He actually doesn't know about the current events. We've been able to keep that news from him but the time where he will hear about such things is coming all too soon. I loved how this book showed the parents choosing not to live in fear and the kids coming together. There is power in numbers and having a friend with you is a wonderful idea. This book is simple - the child starts by watching some television and seeing the current events. She asks her parents if there is anything she can do. They spend time with her, comforting her and taking her out of the house into the world to show that it isn't a bad place. This builds her confidence. It is a wonderful story.
When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place. “Come with me,” he says. Hand-in-hand, they walk to the subway, tipping their hats to those they meet. The next day, the girl asks her mama what she can do—her mama says, “Come with me,” and together they set out for the grocery, because one person doesn’t represent an entire race or the people of a land. After dinner that night, the little girl asks if she can do something of her own—walk the dog . . . and her parents let her go. “Come with me,” the girl tells the boy across the hall. Walking together, one step at a time, the girl and the boy begin to see that as small and insignificant as their part may seem, it matters to the world.
In this lyrical and timely story, author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître champion the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.
If your looking for a simple way to approach tragic events - this book is the answer.
You can get your copy at your local bookstore or online at stores like Amazon.
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