A Terrible Thing Happened
Author: Margaret M. Holmes; Illustrated by Cary Pillo
Keywords: Trauma, Witnessing Violence, PTSD
In this book, Sherman the raccoon witnesses something terrible (which is not described further) and begins to have intrusive thoughts, trouble sleeping, somatic complaints, anxiety, anger and sadness. After he began getting into trouble at school, he went to see Ms. Maple (a therapy bear). Ms. Maple helps him process his feelings through talking and drawing and he feels much better as a result.
Considerations: Could serve as an introduction to therapy after a child has witnessed something terrible.