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Sherman Smith (a racoon) saw the most terrible thing happen. At first, he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met someone who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better. This gently told and warmly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, such as violence, crime, death, an accident or a natural disaster. Without specifying what ‘the terrible thing’ is exactly, the story explores the different ways it made Sherman feel, some of the problems that arose, and how some support helped him to begin to feel better. This is an invaluable book for children 4–8 years old to encourage communication about traumatic incidents.
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