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America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell Hardcover – Aug 16 2011
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“Explaining the events of September 11, even 10 years afterward, is a task fraught with emotion. Brown's sturdy yet empathetic tone seems just right.” ―Publishers Weekly Online
“Illustrated on every spread with line-and-wash pictures that are forthright but never sensational, the book is superbly focused and completely honest.” ―Horn Book Magazine, Starred review
“Brown's compelling narrative chronologically recounts the morning's events in a tone both straightforward and compassionate, without resorting to sensationalism.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Brown's take…is a model of straightforward, earnest nonfiction writing that brings things to many an uncomfortable point--that cannot be avoided--without going too far.” ―Booklist
“Ten years' distance from the events allows Brown to include in his carefully crafted narrative some details missing in even the best of the children's titles released closer to September 11, 2001.” ―BCCB
About the Author
Don Brown is the author and illustrator of many highly praised picture-book biographies and histories for children, most recently, He Has Shot the President. He lives on Long Island, New York.See all Product Description
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A few real-life individuals are incorporated into the story, and quotes from people who were there are used throughout, which helps bring the events down to a human scale. The illustrations are beautiful -- watercolors, I believe -- and suggestive rather than highly detailed, which leads the reader to imagine what it might have been like to be there.
Although the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash site each get a 2-page spread, the Twin Towers are the main focus of the book. The Author's Note at the ends provides some additional information, and the book also includes a bibliography.
I think this book would make an excellent introduction to 9/11 for anyone too young to remember it, and also a good tool to begin discussions with children and younger teens. Perfect for use in school or at home. It brought tears to my eyes, and there is also much that is uplifting. Highly recommend.
(Note: I received a free advance reading copy of this book from the publisher at an American Library Association Annual Conference. I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Roaring Brook Press!)
"The second hijacked jetliner had crashed through the 77th to 85th floors of the South Tower. Massive flames spewed from the tower. Wreckage rained down on the street. It was 9:03 AM, seventeen minutes after the strike on the North Tower. People now understood the earlier crash was not a freak accident but a deliberate attack.
How could anyone that witnessed that event ever forget that moment of realization?
The black ink and watercolor illustrations do justice in capturing the initial bewilderment and then determination of all those involved in the efforts to save lives. The author doesn't shy away from some of the communication breakdowns that caused many firefights to perish and describes many acts of heroism. The Pentagon crash is included, and the book ends at the collapse of the towers.
It doesn't get into WHY this happened, but gives enough information for most kids as to HOW it happened.
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