It’s time for Marcus to get his hair cut, but today his mom is busy so he has to walk to the barbershop alone. On the walk there, Marcus sees a lot of bad news—buildings covered in graffiti, people drinking outside a liquor store, and police cars everywhere. By the time he reaches Mr. Jackson’s barbershop, he feels pretty low. Mr. Jackson and everyone else in the shop can see that Marcus is upset. One by one, they tell him all about the good news that’s in their neighborhood. As Marcus walks home, he not only sees good news, he decides he’s going to be good news.
About the author
Kenneth Cole is a clinical psychologist who provides therapy to children, adolescents, and their families at an inner-city clinic and in a private practice. No Bad News is his first published work and represents many of the lessons he has learned and continues to learn from his family, his friends, and the elders in his community. Dr. Cole is also a freelance illustrator. He enjoys surfing, woodworking, and embracing good news.
John Ruebartsch is a professional photographer who lives in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, galleries, and museums. He specializes in addressing sensitive social and cultural issues through the medium of photography. In his spare time, he likes to work, run, and bike along the shores of Lake Michigan.
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