This book, avoids lecturing to tell thoughtfully and believably about the horrors of child drug addiction and a way to avoid them.
It quietly persuades through Sunny’s eyes that the simple, proven acts of keeping close and aware of your childrens’ activities and learning how to speak to them can save their lives and preserve your own.
This is important reading for the three generations of every family.
It is always sad when a child dies. Drugs – an alluring but deadly temptation faced by children every day – is an avoidable killer. That fact only makes those particular stories even more horrifically tragic.
Ginger Katz found a way to tell her family’s true story, her young son’s death by drug overdose, in a way that brings children directly into this important dialog. The first-person in her story isn’t even a person, it’s the family dog: Sunny. Sunny struggles to make sense of a senseless death and of the loss he feels long after the overdose.
Katz’s inventive narrative and writing style enabled me to share this book with my two daughters (age 11 and 9) in such a way that they heard, understood, and now remember this Lifesaving message. My kids, like yours, are unable to escape being tempted by drugs. Drugs are everywhere. My hope and duty, as their father, is to teach them how to be strong and knowledgeable enough to choose wisely and say NO each time they are offered even gateway drugs.
All parents should buy this book, read it to their young children and keep their copy on a prominent bookshelf. It can then serve as a constant reminder that we must all be vigilant against drugs.
Doing so, in your home, could save a life you love.
As the parent of an eleven-year-old, I often felt like our conversations about drugs were only in the abstract. She knew they were “bad,” but I didn’t have a way to make her understand that she would eventually have to face the choice of whether to try drugs. Sunny’s Story was just the tool I needed. After reading it together, she could see the influence that “bad” friends can have and how kids can get into situations that parents can’t just fix. It also gave us the opportunity to discuss why kids push parents away when they need them the most.
This book reaches a critical audience–middle school. The earlier kids start experimenting with drugs, the more likely they will become addicted. Sunny’s Story is able to communicate in simple terms the devastating impact that drugs can have on a young child’s life.