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All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Carolrhoda Books (R)
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La Coccinelle
As this is a picture book about the Oklahoma City bombing, it's not exactly something one reads for enjoyment. While I appreciate the intent behind the book, and think it could be a valuable teaching tool, I can't really say that I liked it, or that it's going to be appropriate for everyone.

The narrative is quite simple and focuses mostly on the aftermath and the healing process. (The bomber isn't even named, and the bombing itself takes up a very small part of the narrative.) Much is made of
Amit Verma
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is nofiction illustrated work based on bombings of oklohoma city.
It focuses on a tall tree which survived the onslaught.
And then it became source of solace, inspiration and strength for survivors and their families.
It provided common ground for combined consciousness of the victims and their families.
It worked as a flag post for suffering masses to cling upon.
This underlines importance of collective effort to help each other and to preserve our nature.
In tough times and good times trees never
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, but in art and subject. This one talk about surviving a tragedy and keep on living after. Deep, emotional and I believe a book that truly can be helpful. Good job!
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Somberly but beautifully illustrated.
Respectfully, touchingly written-
Unraveling the many known and unknown facets of this story, giving honor to victims and those who loved them.

Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A national tragedy is recounted in this beautiful book; the focus is on recovery and the symbolism of a surviving elm tree and solace it provides to victims.
Vidya Tiru
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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First Thoughts
Sometimes bad things happen, and you have to tell everyone. Sometimes terrible things happen, and everybody knows.
These are the first lines of the book and sound so much like the current times. And yet, books like this show it has happened before and we have all survived those things before to read about them today. So, yes, this is a somber story, but it is a story of hope, of the implicit trust each of us have in humanity, of the trust we place in each other.

And then
Panda Incognito
This nonfiction picture book tells the story of how people affected by the Oklahoma City bombing have dealt with their trauma and extended compassion to those harmed by subsequent terrorist attacks. This book also tells the story of the tree that survived the blast, showing how people traumatized by other attacks have received saplings from this tree as a symbol of hope. This approach to the story honors the way that humans attempt to make meaning out of suffering by extending kindness towards ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was reading some new Net Galley titles tonight, and I came across Chris Bartons upcoming, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing (due February 2020). I felt compelled to write, since the Oklahoma City bombing happened while I was in labor with my second daughter. I remember watching the news story unfold between ice chips and contractions almost 25 years ago; now this book captures the day to be remembered in a creative picture book.

This book is a lovely
Leah Horton
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was 9 years old when the Oklahoma bombing happened. I can still feel the understanding for the first time in my life that true evil existed. This was the first awful event I can recall. I can still remember the empty feeling in my stomach and the pain in my heart. That realization changes us all, this was mine.

This book is a beautiful tribute to an awful day in Americas history. The bombing did not discriminate. Children as well as adults were lost. Families were broken. Lovers were left
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This picture book is a poem about the Oklahoma City Bombing, which will have its 25th anniversary in April 2020. While it does briefly cover the bombing, I would say this is more about the pain, grief and eventually healing that happened afterwards. It would be a great book to help anyone going through grief and loss. The poetry is accompanied by beautiful illustrations that capture the events without being too graphic. Overall, a beautiful remembrance of the event, its victims and those left ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a moving book! What a wonderful tribute to the lives that were lost and those left behind whose lives were changed forever! Thank you, Chris Barton for your beautiful words! Thank you Nicole Xu for your gorgeous artwork! After listening to Chris read this aloud on his YouTube channel, I promptly ordered it from my Indie Bookstore! Can't wait to get a close-up look at the stunning artwork in this book!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I remember the Oklahoma bombing, one of the most horrific terrorist attacks Id experienced in my young life. Chris Bartons book All of a Sudden and Forever tells the story with such dignity and reverence, while all the while pointing readers to the hope that brings healing. The illustrations by Nicole Xu are beautiful and sensitive. I will definitely use this book in my classroom! ...more
Brenda Kahn
This is a somber and important book about grief and recovery after an act of terror. Lovely and reassuring.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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