This Cartoon Pamphlet Sensitively Explains the Paris Attacks to French Kids

Astrapi Aims to Explain the Events to 7-11 Year Olds

By Alexandra Jardine. Published on Nov 16, 2015

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How do you even start to explain the Paris attacks to children? One French magazine has tackled the issue head on with a pamphlet that aims to explain the events to kids in language that they understand.

Astrapi, a magzine published by Bayard Jeunesse that is aimed at 7-11 year olds, shared the pamphlet as a post on its Facebook page, and parents can also download it. Illustrated with cartoons such as a weeping Eiffel Tower holding hands with a group of kids and children pushing a Tricolore shield emblazoned with the words "Liberty" towards somethiing jagged and black, it aims to answer some of the questions that children might ask, such as "Is it true that France is at war?" and "Who are the killers?"

It also seeks to differentiate the terrorists from other Muslims, saying (according to The Guardian), "These ultraviolent men have nothing to do with most Muslims, who live their faith quietly. They are attacking France because it's a free country, where everyone can express themselves and live freely."

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Nov 16, 2015
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