Children's book review: Anniversary of 9/11 attacks offers reminder of hope

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Attacks' anniversary offers reminder of hope

"The Survivor Tree"

By Cheryl Somers Aubin; illustrated by Sheila Harrington (ages 6 and older.

Tuesday is a sad anniversary in the history of the United States. On Sept. 11, 2001, almost 3,000 people were killed when terrorists crashed planes in New York City, in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.

It can be hard to think of anything good coming from such a tragic and cruel day, but author Cheryl Somers Aubin and illustrator Sheila Harrington have created a book based on a true -- and very hopeful -- part of those events.

Two buildings in New York City, called the Twin Towers or the World Trade Center, collapsed as a result of the attack on Sept. 11. Weeks after the attack, workers who were digging through the rubble discovered what was left of a pear tree that had been planted on the spot more than 20 years earlier. Much of the tree had been sheared off; its trunk was badly scarred. But a few green leaves remained, and that gave the workers hope.

"The Survivor Tree" and its beautiful illustrations follow the story of the pear tree being nursed back to health and ultimately returned to its former home.

While the events of Sept. 11 also bring sadness, this story reminds us never to give up hope.

-- By Tracy Grant, The Washington Post

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