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I'm Still Scared: A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book (26 Fairmount Avenue #6)

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First-grader tomie depaola experiences uncertainty in the weeks following the attack on pearl Harbor, December 7, 19 1. what are the grown-ups talking quietly about at home and even at school? why does his class have to go to the spooky furnace room for an air raid drill? why does the family hang thick black curtains over the windows? tomie?s mother is there to comfort and ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 14th 2007 by Puffin Books (first published 2006)
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Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to be impressed with Tomie dePaola's detailed memories of his childhood. I was interested to learn in his note at the end that he had some help from home movies that his parents took. Still, the level of detail shown in this series is impressive - and even more so because they are simply and clearly written and perfect for young children. It's as if he is able to completely put himself back into the role of young Tomie.

This book is particularly powerful because it takes place from the
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-kids-books
I really liked this book because it tells real life historical events in ways that a child can relate to and not be scared to explore. I read this with my 3rd grader, and while the reading level is very easy for him, the content, the themes explored, the historical background, was very appropriate for his age. Lovely.
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book really captures what it was like to experience the start of WWII as a young child. Fascinating, & as always, with fantastic illustrations.
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
dh is reading this aloud to the younger ones at bedtime.
We have read nearly all the books in this series and love them. Tomie DePaola is one of our all time favorite authors.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
My third graders loved this book we read to introduce them to the genre of memoirs. This was especially interesting to them as it included diary entries of DePaola and his cute illustrations too. It's surprising how much they learned about WWII from his entertaining narrative.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the sixth book in the series. Tomie begins writing on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. He and his family went to Mass that next Monday morning, before school, and recited the Prayer for Peace. When they got to school, all any of the kids talked about was how things will never be the same.

At school, amidst the hot, wet wool smell of mittens drying on the radiators, there was an assembly. After they recited the Pledge of Allegiance, it was announced that school was
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Whereas the events of the book that preceded this one, Things Will Never Be the Same, quickly shuffled through the paces of an entire year on 26 Fairmount Avenue, I'm Still Scared covers only the span of a single month: December 1941, right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into the mix of World War II.

Young Tomie really doesn't know much about what it means to be in a war. Is his family in imminent danger where they are, just living in their own house? I
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Tomie dePaola. Tomie is in second grade when the event of Pearl Harbor happens. All the adults in his life are talking quietly about the war and Tomie starts to get scared. Throughout the story Tomie gets better about the idea of war but no matter how much better he feels he is still scared. This is a good chapter book for children to read who are interested in history or about what happen during Pearl Harbor. It gives good information while making it child friendl ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I’m Still Scared details how Americans reacted in the early days of US involvement in World War II. Tomie is distressed when he must participate in air raid drills at school, and he wonders why some of his classmates suddenly dislike his Italian roots. Thankfully, his mother and grandfather are there to reassure him, and the reader as well. Also interesting in this book are the details of the last Christmas before the war really gets underway, when supplies are still available but will soon beco ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5th in a series. I debated about reading this because my daughter is rightfully sensitive about war/violence and we haven't learned much about WWII yet. But, she wanted to read it and I am not sorry we pushed on in the series. The tone continues the same even though the subject matter has changed to the uncertainty and fear bred by the war. The pace also changed in this book, showing in detail the events of December 1941 only.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The last book ended with the attack on Pearl Harbor. This book deals with the events in the first few weeks after the event. Tomie doesn't know what is all going on. There are special assemblies at school and air raid drills and blackout curtains. His father takes an extra "war job" to help with the effort.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chn-biography
More autobiographical accounts from Tomie DePaola’s childhood, this time narrating how as a second grader he experienced the time right after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. It made me want to read the other books in the 26 Fairmount Avenue series and also gave me a sense of knowing a bit more about the man who wrote and illustrated such amazing children’s books.
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
dePaola addresses the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Little Tomie is afraid, like most children, at that time. His mom makes black out curtains and Air Raid Drills are practiced at school. This book realistically addresses a child's fears during wartime and of the possibility of foreign attack. dePaola treats every subject with amazing tenderness.
Jumped into the middle of the series. Interesting account of the effects of Pearl Harbor bombing on a young child.
Alex Baugh
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
My complete review of the four books that comprise 26 Fairmount Avenue: The War Years can be found under Things Will Never Be the Same.
Mar 22, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
Apr 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Really sad to be nearing the end of this series.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
It is a very good book i liked it i haven't read the other sires though i've read this one only. I think it's a true story it's sooooo realistic!
Sharlet Mullen
the diary entries make this book. Real life historical events in ways that a child can relate to and not be scared to explore.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i can't get enough of this series!
Thomas Kelly
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
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