Reviews for On That Day : A Book of Hope for Children

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring
Although an author's note states that this book was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, the spare text is abstract, speaking vaguely of ""a terrible thing"" that happened. Patel then offers suggestions for making the world a better place, including sharing and taking care of the earth. Illustrated with primitive tissue-paper collage art, the book means well but lacks substance and vitality. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 2002 September
PreS-Gr 2-How does one address the attacks of September 11, 2001, in a picture book for young children? Patel's efforts to make her own peace with the subject have resulted in a book that does so quite effectively. Her tissue-paper collages depict, at first, a world that is "very big, and really round, and pretty peaceful." The white expansive backgrounds allow viewers to focus completely on the images and message. The author goes on to explain that "sometimes bad things happen because people act in mean ways and hurt each other on purpose." (Even preschoolers know this to be true.) The accompanying scene is simply a collage outline of America. Patel then offers a variety of ways that children, or anyone, could help the world: sharing, playing and laughing, taking care of the Earth, and being kind. Concluding pages point to the strength of the goodness that exists; listeners are reminded that they are part of that. Short sentences build into longer, cumulative lines; this repetition plugs into a familiar, oral tradition, while providing reinforcement for the ideas. Both this textual pattern and the circular, connected lines of the art break at the delivery of the terrible news. They resume, subtly, in the denouement. This book will be welcomed by those who want to mark the anniversary of the tragedy with children; it is worth noting that it would also be useful to open a dialogue in the context of any violent act.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.