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The Hurt

4.61 of 5 stars 4.61  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A children's story of a boy whose feelings get hurt when his friend calls him a name. A simple story with a moral/behavioral message. Ages 6-8
Paperback, 31 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Paulist Press (first published January 1st 1983)
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Jun 09, 2010 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kim by: Grief Camp

Humans are beastly. I’m not going to get all Darwinian on you, but seriously, they really are vile, selfish, callous, treacherous varmints. And that’s me being gracious.

So, what do we teach our kids? We want them to believe in a Shangri-La, we want them to find the good in people but really, who(m) are we kidding? Let us just hope that they get to the age of 10 without having their hearts broken, without realizing that life isn’t fair and you just have to deal.

Yet, I try to be the Pollyanna. I
Rachel Crooks
I just stumbled on this book that I haven't read since childhood. I think I got more out of it as an adult. The meanings of this book have to be lived and experienced before they can really be valued... however, as I looked at the pictures I realized that many of them had stayed with me and evoked a strong response.
Ruth Schlieff
I absolutely love this book. I originally read it many years ago and find the moral of the story resonates even more with me as an adult. A must read for anyone who has been hurt or has hurt someone else.
I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel...

This little book is both unusual and retro, but its message is sorely needed in children's lit. The author's characterization of pain is the most realistic I have encountered--as a cold, tightly-wound little ball that constantly presses upon your insides and refuses to let up. When I am experiencing anxiety or grief, such is how my feelings manifest themselves as well. I'm quite glad this book doesn't patronize its young readers.

...I focus on the pain,
Alicia Kachmar
Such a great children's book that can resonate with adults. It's about acknowledging "the hurt" or pain/negative feelings and letting them go.
The school librarian read this book when I had a fight with a friend and it made me realise how big hurt can get.
Chhiiiip Thaxton
My mom gave this to me when I was little. It is still relevant to me today. Thank you MOM!
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