11 September 2007

Remembering September 11, 2001

Six years on, and it is a different world. I think of the fear I felt and must still acknowledge, as so many uncertainties revealed that day have not gone away. This is a dangerous world for everyone, not just Americans. My daughter was only nine months old when it happened. Amazingly, she will grow up with the legacy of September 11th but have to be taught about it as well; it is a part of her life, but not her memory. It will be history and contemporary for her all at the same time.

It did not take long for authors and illustrators to tackle the topic of September 11th , as a new canon of "cope literature" needed constructing. Here are some outstanding titles, written only because September 11th happened, existing only because of that dreadful day.

The Man who walked between the towers (Gerstein, Mordeci)
There's a big beautiful world out there! (Carlson, Nancy)
Fireboat: the heroic adventures of the John J. Henry (Kalman, Maira)
September roses (Winter, Jeannette)
9/11: the book of help (Cart, Michael, ed.)

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