A Terrible Thing Happened

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Magination Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 31 pages
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Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got hi m in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the ter rible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much b etter. This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for childre n who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, includi ng physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suici de, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sash a J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of oth er sources that focus on specific events.

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User Review  - KerryMarsh - LibraryThing

This is a lovely book for helping a child deal with a scary event. Something scary happens to Sherman and at first he is ok, but then he gets angry and frightened and cant stop thinking about the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cathy - Goodreads

This book is appropriate for children (and adults) who have experienced a traumatic event, crime, or death. It encourages helpful communication and counseling in a non-threatening and easy to ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Where Is My Mommy? was illustrated by Cary Pillo, a Seattle artist whose work appears in dozens of books and hundreds of magazine issues. Her largest single client is Scholastic, which produces hundreds of books for children. Her illustrations have appeared in Parenting Press publications for at least a dozen years, including Internet Safety and Your Family [link], a quarterly for parent educators (Parenting Education Practitioners Talk [link]), and the monthly, "News for Parents." [link] She earned a degree in fine art and design at Washington State University.

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