Sandy’s Children Tell Their Stories
She was speaking of her now newly published book, “Sandy Can’t Get Me Down”. Subtitled “A Collection Of Hurricane Sandy Survival Stories,” the short book is based on 11 tales from Rockaway kids. It also features photographs taken by the children.
Photographer Laura Deckelman, whose work also appears in the book, noted, “(it) is a collection of moving stories …by children who are Sandy survivors.”
“They share their experiences of overcoming their frustration over the losses that they and their families sustained from Sandy, and how they turned their initial feelings of fear and hopelessness into positive outlets to cope with what they experienced and lost.”
Barret, who grew up in Queens Village and now teaches at PS 111 in Long island City, said in her interview, “The goal (was) to take away the fear of hurricanes. The book (allows) children to talk about things that have happened during the storm they might not have been able to talk about before. The message is you can survive anything no matter how sad it is.”
There may even be some lessons in there for adults, too.
“Sandy Can’t Get Me Down: A Collection Of Hurricane Sandy Survival Stories” is available at Amazon.com and other outlets.
Barret is also the author of "Ms. Irene Is So Demanding."