*About This Book:
A Heartfelt Tribute to American Soldiers and Their Families
With engaging watercolor illustrations and kid-friendly text, this book honors parents who serve in the military.
This young boy’s dad doesn’t have X-ray vision or drive a superpowered car, but he’s a superhero nonetheless. With pictures that sensitively and realistically portray the life of US soldiers on deployment and the families eagerly awaiting their return, this book makes a difficult subject accessible to children. Readers learn that these “superheroes” wear camouflage clothing, drive tanks, and help make the world a safer place. It’s an important story to share with kids whose parents are serving their country far from home.
About the Authors or Illustrators:
Author Melinda Hardin lives in Clinton, Massachusetts. She received a degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University. She has traveled extensively and enjoys time with her family. “Hero Dad” is her first book, and is about being the child of a military father, from the child’s point of view.
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School Library Journal – School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lizzie’s mom is a soldier with an overseas posting. The location is not mentioned, but the woman is shown in combat uniform, wearing a helmet and goggles and holding binoculars. The story is told as a series of letters from Lizzie to her mom, from the time she leaves until she returns home. Childlike crayon, marker, and watercolor illustrations and what looks like hand-written print make Lizzie’s letters appear as though a child really did write them. The illustrations depict the youngster’s activities and often include a map she has drawn. Written especially for military families, the book includes an introduction by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein thanking military families for their sacrifices and a page of suggestions for adults such as taking advantage of the programs that the military offers, keeping one’s routine as regular as possible, and connecting with other military families. Most readers will appreciate the authentic feel of Lizzie’s letters as she asks all those inevitable “whys” about Mom’s separation from the family. A worthy addition on a topic about which little has been written.
-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
In this reassuring offering, a young girl named Lizzie writes letters to her mom, who is serving in the military overseas. McElroy gets the child’s perspective just right, as Lizzie’s letters shift easily from serious-and sometimes philosophical-questions like, “How long does defending freedom take?” to run-of-the-mill reports: “Thomas grew again and we had to get him some more pants.” Throughout, Paterson’s lively illustrations reflect Lizzie’s daily routine with her father and brother, while a series of maps that Lizzie draws to show her mother exactly what she’s been up to and where she goes each day effectively portray a child’s need to make sense of an uncertain world. California senator Diane Feinstein provides the forward; backmatter includes tips for adults on how to help children cope with deployment separation. (Picture book. 5-9)
Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date: 01/01/2005
*info from Barnes and Noble on-line
Wow! Harvey Heroes Historical Series I. Sad Sack® kicks off this great classic comic series! Introducing funtastic new characters Sweetie Sack and Sea Sack along with all the usual Funny Friends. Muttsy, Sarge, General Rockjaw, Nap Sack, Hi Fi, Slob, Skater Sack, Ol’ Sod Sack and the rest of the gang are all here in this new oversized spectacular! Features include Sad Sack as The Sun Power Kid in ““Sunny Future””; Sad Sack’s amazing invention is appropriated by the Army’’s research and development program! Solar powered laughs abound in this bright new story! Meet Sad Sack’s beautiful cousin Sweetie Sack. Sad Sack visits actress and model Sweetie Sack on the set of her TV show, it’s a busy day filled with glamour and laughs galore! Another new Sad Sack cousin Sea Sack tells a sea story of his journey in the South Pacific. Plus more Sad Sack Navy Gobs and Gals, Knave Sad Sack, Skater Sack, Muttsy, Ol’’ Sod Sack and Little Sad. An Extra Big Issue filled with Extra Big Fun and Laughs!
Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: Big H Books; First Edition edition (August 24, 2005)