America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell

by Don Brown

The events of September 11, 2001, unfold in Don Brown’s stirring picture book... read more

The events of September 11, 2001, unfold in Don Brown’s stirring picture book account of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. Brown’s narrative has a notably restrained presentation, but that doesn’t mean it lacks power. He has unearthed individual stories that convey the scope of the tragedy on an intimate human scale, presenting them in a straightforward manner so that poignancy, heroism, and human decency shine. Brown’s illustrations are also remarkable, full of ever-changing perspectives that not only convey dramatic scenes such as a plane heading toward the Twin Towers, but also depict over and over again the response of people caught up in or witnessing the events, showing shock, fear, and despair as well as dignity, compassion, and bravery. An author’s note summarizing the events of 9/11 and the losses that day, a bibliography, and source notes conclude this essential volume designed to help children understand the scope of what happened on a day that the adults in their lives will never forget. (Age 8 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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