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Title: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: Dionna on January 26, 2016, 02:23 PM
Question for you awesome folks. How would you handle presenting a nonfiction PB that deals with a terrible event in history? What if there is no happy ending, though there is a hero in the midst of the tragedy?
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: JodyJS on January 26, 2016, 02:38 PM
Lots of famous folks who are PB subjects have died. The one that comes to mind is about Amelia Earhart. http://www.amazon.com/Night-Flight-Earhart-Crosses-Atlantic/dp/1416967338
You might want to check it out from your library.
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: stephanie-lucianovic on January 26, 2016, 02:43 PM
There are also books I saw featured on Reading Rainbow that dealt with 9/11. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-09/entertainment/sc-ent-0907-books-kids-20110909_1_fireboat-picture-book-john-j-harvey

And more: http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Children-Books-About-Sept-11-19020896#photo-19020896

But as to your question how would I handle it: I truly don't know. It's something I've been puzzling over recently, though.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: JFriday on January 26, 2016, 02:59 PM
I think it depends on what age group you're writing for in the picture book. For older picture books, which teachers use in schools, you can focus on the hero and what s/he did that made that person a hero. That way the tragic circumstances aren't necessarily the take-away the child focuses on. For the very young, say 2-4 years old, I personally wouldn't feel comfortable with tragedy in a picture book.

But that's just my opinion.
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: Dionna on January 27, 2016, 04:33 AM
Thanks, ladies, for sharing your insights.
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: JodyJS on January 27, 2016, 05:20 AM
Closer to home, my PB biographies of Sitting Bull and Sequoyah present true, unhappy endings. They are made a bit more hopeful by discussing the subjects' legacies, though.
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: Dionna on January 27, 2016, 07:36 AM
Thanks, Jody. I hope to check out your titles soon! (Love the titles of your titles in you sig line!!)
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: JodyJS on January 27, 2016, 10:42 AM
 :cheesy Thanks, Dionna!
Title: Re: Tragic nonfiction event, how to handle?
Post by: lauriew on January 27, 2016, 11:08 AM
If it's a biography, you can also put the "tragic event" in the backmatter and concentrate on the person's contribution in the story itself.