Our Children Face War (1942)


"Thunderstorms May Be As Terrifying as Bombs and
the Queer-Looking Man Next Door More to Be Feared Than Hitler":
Our Children Face War, 1942

Wolf, Anna W.M. Our Children Face War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

Very rare first edition of this sensitive approach to helping children through the horrors of war, an incredibly enlightened book for its time, in the original dust jacket. "A vivid presentation of the responses that have been observed in many children to various aspects of the total-war experience, such as parental anxieties, adult sanction of destruction and killing, adult absorption in war activities, wartime restrictions, war-heightened national and racial prejudices, etc." (Social Services Review). Where the author particularly excels is in recommending thoughtful, age-appropriate responses to the confusion and fear of children experiencing war. In many ways, this book is far ahead of its time--recommending techniques to help children psychologically rather than silencing them. Book fine, dust jacket extremely good with a bit of wear to extremities and only mild toning to spine.