A Terrible Thing HappenedA 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.

Audience: child

Considerations: Could serve as an introduction to therapy after a child has witnessed something terrible.