by Shira Geffen

Children: Stronger Than We Think

In our chaotic world of violent and brutal changes children need stories that will awaken in them such notions as fear and sadness. These emotions offer a catharsis that children cannot find in happiness. Children are a lot stronger than we tend to think and they are able to deal with the many faces of the human experience.

Shira Geffen was born and lives in Tel Aviv. She is a children’s writer, playwright and theater director. Her latest book is A Heart-Shaped Leaf (Am Oved).


How Books Tell the World’s Bad News to Children

The articles in this special section:

Beware Sentimental Tripe

by Jane Yolen

Truth Soothes

by Susan Rich

Heroines Overcome their Demons

by Gail Carson Levine

Bad News from the Start

by Ellen Handler Spitz

Kaddish as Magical Incantation

by Susie Morgenstern

Cry for Someone Else

by Esther Rudomin Hautzig

History Helps

by Karen B.Winnick

Struggles of Underdogs

by Sonya Sones

No Brainwashing

by Yehudit Kafri

Hope After the Holocaust

by Ruth Minsky Sender

Pain Is a Teacher

by Julius Lester

Forget Bibliotherapy

by Johanna Hurwitz

War in a Picture Book?

by Fran Manushkin

Discovering Hatred

by Leslea Newman

Between Hopes and Reality

by Etgar Keret

The Power of Anger

by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso