"There were firefighters, police, and more who rushed in because they knew their duty and loved their fellow man."
"Two piercing blue lights racing razor-straight into the dark skies. It’s jarring. I can feel it in my whole body. A few years ago, something new happened when I saw that ghostly tribute to the Twin Towers. My son asked, “Dad, what’s that?”
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York alone are not easy to talk to young kids about. Along with the sadness of so much death, there is introducing a kind of evil that would kill thousands of innocents out of depthless hatred. When the time came to tell our son, my wife stumbled upon a remarkable resource.
In 2002, Maira Kalman wrote and created the art for an extraordinary children’s book called “Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey.” The beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a decommissioned fireboat bought and restored by some friends for fun. On 9/11, the boat not only helped ferry people from lower Manhattan, it was pressed into its original service and once again put out fires. The book’s focus on positive action while not being shy about what really happened that day."