by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

The Power of Anger

When I wrote Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace, I wanted to tell a story about violence and murder in a way that does not frighten children, but helps them understand the powerful emotion of anger and its potential dangers. I wanted to help children know Cain not as the personification of evil with whom they could not possibly identify, but as a human being who let his dark side gain control and did a terrible deed.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s latest book is Cain and Abel-Finding the Fruits of Peace (Jewish Lights). She lives in Indianapolis and is editor of Urban Tapestry-Indianapolis Stories.

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