Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TWO GREAT VETERAN'S DAY TITLES! Let's help our children remember their sacrifices!


AMERICA'S RESTING PLACE. The story of the national cemetery--from the Revolutionary War to the present. Arlington recounts the complicated history of one of the nation's most famous and most-visited national monuments and its fascinating daily life. Carefully researched and documented, Chris Demarest's watercolor paintings capture the spirit and pathos of the last resting place of more than 300,000 Americans who have served their country.

Arlington National CemeteryREVIEW

Arlington National Cemetery is a special place where many of those who have served our country have been laid to rest.  But it's history shows that it too has known war, the Civil War specifically, when Arlington House (which belonged to Robert E. Lee and his wife) was first used as a cemetery, mostly as a matter of convenience but also to get back at Lee for fighting for the Confederacy.  But since that day the place has come to represent the sacred sacrifices that many of those laid there have made in behalf of their country.  It was interesting to me to read about the ceremonies that take place there as well as the many monuments that have been erected to those who have served. The beautiful illustrations to a great job of helping to illustrate what a special place this is and that it is far more than just a cemetery.


Inspired by her own granddaughter Natalie, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, tells a story through a child's eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world.

When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of her father, but there is nothing to stop her from wishing he was home. Some things do help her feel better. Natalie works with her Nana to send her dad and the other service men and women cookies and treats they have made. Natalie, her mom, and her brother can see and talk to Dad over the computer, and the kindness of friends at school and at church help her feel supported and loved. But there is nothing like the day when her Dad comes home at last. 

Flag, Flags, Stars, Stripes, AmericaREVIEW

I liked this book because it's a powerful reminder that it isn't just soldiers who serve, their whole families do.  They all make sacrifices including being away from each other a lot, moving from assignment to assignment with children giving up schools, friends, and time with family in the process. This is a sweet, simple story that illustrates some of those challenges in a way that is appropriate for young children. Colon's beautiful illustrations highlight the text perfectly.  The book also includes extra information about how to support military families and the inspiration for the story.

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