By Don Brown
Flash Point (August 16, 2011)
In Don Brown's latest, he tackles the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
While tackling such an emotional event with children can be daunting, Brown gives an honest account of the events of the morning of Tuesday September 11, 2001. A combination of factual information and personal accounts, this book is powerful as he documents fire chief Joseph Pfiefer leading his team of firemen to rescue people in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
The illustrations are strong and impressive, yet are not overly sensationalist or violent. The colors are muted blues and grays that clearly convey the mood and feeling of that horrific day in American history.
This picture book would be ideal for a fourth or fifth grade class during a discussion of 9/11. Using this book early in September during a school year would send a message that the literature and texts that we read in the classroom are going to be powerful and meaningful. Ideas of a discussion group can be found by following this link: Teacher Guide
"Brown’s compelling narrative chronologically recounts the morning’s events in a tone both straightforward and compassionate, without resorting to sensationalism." --School Library Journal