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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Oh my gosh, I've been thinking about this too! B and I read that very book and I did choose to read it to B (she's one year ahead of T) and cried as I read it to her. I could cry now, just thinking about it. So so sad. But it opened up a conversation for us about how hard life was at that time and how children often died of diseases that now don't even occur. She was sad, but we were able to talk through it. It's such a challenge, knowing how much to shield them from. I don't even let Jay watch the news if the kids are in the room!
I read this week that scary stories (some of the classics...) are good for kids because you can show them how the hero wins out and what role courage plays in winning. Still...we aren't quite there yet. I can definitely see where it will have its place in a few years.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

We read "The Story of Balto" last year and I remember T. was upset thinking that the two kids could die from diphtheria. But, of course, Balto saved the day! But still, we had the chance to talk about the "old days" when life was so precarious, and there weren't a lot of doctors and medicine to help kids. I think approaching Marta's death that way was a great way to handle it--I'll have to remember that!