This is a story about kindness to America after 9/11 in an unlikely way. Children who are 7 and up will be able to discuss this story during interactive reading. Please read it first because of its sensitive subject. The read-aloud guide for this high-quality picture book is included in the War & Peace Collection. Children’s stories about delicate subjects in this collection are written in a gentle way but, since parents know their kids best, you will decide just how much you want to talk about with them.
When reading stories about other countries, it is helpful to have a globe or world map handy to show kids where they take place. It’s been my experience as a Reading Specialist working for 18 years in an elementary school and high school that kids love, love, love to find places on a globe or map. And, it’s a great way to sneak some geography into your read-aloud time in a natural way.
In addition to the historic value in this story, there is much to be discussed about the gesture of true kindness from people on the other side of the world. As the Reading Hero for your kids, you will be doing the reading and initiating the conversations so you can decide what you want to focus on during this story. The read-aloud guide provides you with many ideas. “Happy Reading!”