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Terrible Thing Happened

by Margaret Holmes Magination Press
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Hbk 32 pages
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Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. Ever since, he has had bad dreams, stomach aches, and nervousness. This gently told story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violence or traumatic episode, inlcluding physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidetns, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods of fire.  It includes a resource section for parents and other caregivers offering guidance on how to help children, as well as a list of other sources that focus on specific events. Ages 4-8 years.
"An unqualified success. These illustrations serve the text extremely well, adding welcome touches of humor to the exposition of this very serious subject."—Booklist

"The book also contains 15 incredibly helpful tips for parents and caregivers on how to help a child process a traumatic event. For the unfortunate situation where a child needs to work through a trauma—witnessing a car accident, fire or tornado, or violence, assault or suicide—this book is a great resource. Reading about Sherman can help a child feel less alone, and the suggestions in the afterword can guide adults into helping a child move through the grief."— Momentous Institute
Margaret M. Holmes writes inspirational and self-help stories for children. In addition to A Terrible Thing Happened, she is the author of Molly's Mom Died, Sam's Dad Died, and Charlie's Brother (a story for the siblings of a child with special needs who is being admitted to residential care). Margaret and her husband, John, live near Des Moines, Iowa. They have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.

Cary Pillo a Fine Arts and Design graduate from Washington State University, has illustrated many children’s educational materials and children's books, including A Terrible Thing HappenedGentle WillowStriped Shirts and Flowered Pants, and Tibby Tried It. She lives in Seattle.