Hartford Upper Elementary
Dear Mrs. Bunting,
Why didn't anyone try to stop them? Why didn't someone stand up for what was right? Why didn't anyone have the courage just to say, "Stop!"?
I asked myself these questions a lot. Being an avid Holocaust reader, I could answer almost any question about the Holocaust, but these I never could. I didn't understand how not even one person had the courage to stop the ruthless murderers, the Nazis. After I read your book, Terrible Things, I started to understand it. I always thought that if I could go back in time, I would jump at the first chance to help those affected by the Nazi's actions.
After I read your book I did a self-evaluation. I really wanted to believe that I would do what was right, but once I was honest with myself, I realized that I probably would've been too scared to do anything. In our generation being socially accepted is what we strive for. You follow the latest fashion trends, listen to the "in" music, and act differently from who you really are, just to be accepted. I tried that, but I stopped because it wasn't who I was as a person. I try to follow in Little Rabbit's footsteps and fix the way society is. The Terrible Things were big and intimidating to the little forest creatures. I think the animals didn't say anything because they were trying to protect their families and they wanted to be socially accepted in their society.
I really changed after reading your book. At first I thought Little Rabbit would surely help the others. I became mad at him when he didn't help them, but then I looked at myself. Trying to be "socially accepted" and ignoring those who needed you who weren't "popular" is just like being the other creatures that were glad that they were killed. Now when I see anyone trying to be popular, I try to reach out for them, telling them that your life shouldn't be about being popular, it should be about being "you."
Thank you for the gifts of understanding and happiness that your book has given me! I realized the importance of standing up for what one believes in. It has changed my life for the better.