Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th

Today I will be talking to Princess a bit about
September 11th.
I found a wonderful book at our local library,

Fireboat, The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman


The book is a true story that starts with New York City in 1931, listing some of the amazing things that were taking place..
Snickers were invented, the John J. Harvey fireboat was launched.
It talks about some of the fires the fireboat helped put out..like the Normandy.
In 1995 it was considered old and useless, and awaited it's fate as scrap metal,
until a group of friends eating dinner heard about the fireboat and decided to save her.
They fixed her, and got her back out on the water. Everyone thought it was a nice old boat,
but would not actually be useful to put out a fire. But then on September 11, 2001 something so huge and horrible happened that the whole world shook. The John J Harvey comes out of retirement to help out. I think this is a wonderful book that handled a scary topic with great delicacy.

If you are looking for a way to discuss this with your children, get this book.

4 comments:

Gottfredsen said...

Thank you for sharing the book. I am going to check and see if the library has it. I also wanted to let you know that the boys got your gift. Thanks so much they love it. They are working on thank you cards now. I will get them in the mail as soon as possible.

Mrs. Darling said...

I just broke down and cried today when I was explaining that day to Tink. In retrospect it was an amazing day when you think of no planes flying our skies and all the heroic deeds and the fact that things basically came to a halt in the US while everyone poured over their TV's! May we always remember!

bean said...

There is another book that I recently picked up called September Roses. My DH read it to my 5 year-old which prompted him to ask many questions. It is a gentle book, and very good.

8)(8 said...

We displayed our flag today.

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