*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
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Emily has to deal with a long separation from her father, a Navy pilot, who goes to sea for a six-month deployment. To cope, she tears off a piece of a paper chain every day that he is gone, traces his journey on a map, and communicates with him via e-mail and telephone. With her mother’s support and the help of a friend whose father is on the same ship, Emily feels less lonely. Warm text with soft watercolor illustrations results in a sensitive and caring title for those service families who go through long separations from loved ones. However, the Navy reflects the diversity of our country, so it’s unfortunate that the book’s illustrations don’t show it. Still, the book is certainly useful for children needing this type of material.–Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
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A Military Christmas
Soft cover book. The holiday version of the United States Marine Corps: Code of Conduct, Riffle Creed and Marine’s Hymn. Help the Elves stay strong after being captured by the Grinch. Watch the North Pole Reindeers protect the country while Santa delivers the presents to all the good boys and girls. Delightfully colorful and fun to read along with any military child– USMC OOH RAH!
Publisher: Image Cascade Publishing (2002)