The Mouse Family's Most Terrible,
Helping Children Cope With Terrorism Fears
by Dr. Joan S. Dunphy
illustrated by Erik DePrince and Jessica Volinski
Children today are afraid and anxious—and with good reason: Scenes of carnage bombard them from TV and newspapers, warnings of threatened or actual terrorism strikes assail their ears from radios and news broadcasts. The New York Times (May 2, 2002) reports that 75,000 children in New York alone have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and 107,395 have experienced fear of public places (agoraphobia) since the tragic events of September 11.
In this comforting and imaginative new children’s book, Malachy Mouse and his family are newcomers to New York City, having moved into their basement cubby hole just days before September 11th. After the terrorist attack, they are evacuated from their home and decide to stay with Cousin Joel and his family. But their cousin works in one of the towers and he does not return home.
With the children traumatized, the adults decide to show them all the ways others are working to protect them. They visit firefighters, police, rescue workers, rescue dogs, medical personnel, airport security and a military base. Then they discuss ways they can help, too.
Compassionate and accessible, this book helps children open up about their fears and provides parents and all those who work with children a tool with which to calm youngsters’ anxieties and lighten the burdens on small shoulders.
"Allows parents to begin a dialogue with their children."
*Featured in The Star-Ledger, Detroit Free Press and on FOX News
*All author royalties will be donated to Feed the Children
Dr. Joan S. Dunphy, author of numerous articles and books, including To Save Our Schools, To Save Our Children, an ABC television documentary, has taught at Long Island, Rutgers and Drew Universities. She received her doctorate from the University of Miami. Dunphy and her family reside in Far Hills, New Jersey.
Erik DePrince, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, is a freelance illustrator. He resides in New York City.
Jessica Volinski, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, attends the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she lives.
A Small Horizons "Let's Talk" Release
7 1/2 x 8 1/2, 48 pages/26 color illustrations
LC #2002106912, world rights
ISBN: 0-88282-227-6 (pb), $12.95