Dear Baby, I'm Watching Over You


A moving and uplifting story, this picture book helps young children in military families cope with a parent or older sibling who is away on training or deployment. It serves as a primer for introducing the concepts of patriotism and service to country.
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A moving and uplifting story, this picture book helps young children in military families cope with a parent or older sibling who is away on training or deployment. It serves as a primer for introducing the concepts of patriotism and service to country.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a series of paired images, parents in the armed forces assure their stateside children that the power of their love triumphs distance and time. In one spread, a serviceman on an aircraft carrier stops to tighten his laces, while his young son does the same in a field back home. "Do you know each time I tie a shoe," says the father, "I send good thoughts to you?" Casey's workmanlike rhymes are unwavering in their patriotism ("Making the world a safer place/ is my way of watching over you"), but also make clear the sacrifice inherent in service ("There's so much about you I've had to miss"). Children will probably find the greatest emotional satisfaction in Braught's heroic portraits of strong, capable adults fulfilling their duty as both soldiers and parents. The scenes also subtly suggest ways children can keep distant parents "close"--as when a toddler eats lunch beside a photograph of his mother. An image of a soldier beside a tank kissing the envelope that contains his daughter's letter is worth the price of the entire book. Ages 2–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Good morning, Baby! In this book, a military parent wants to remind a beloved baby of the love and prayers that are always on the parent's mind. Letters are sent, stories are shared, and pictures kept. Are distant parents hungry at the same time their left behind loved one is? So many questions; so many constant thoughts. Letters and pictures from home become like treasures. How do soldiers explain why they leave their families behind? Little ones and teenagers need to know that their job is to protect our country, hence they are always watching over you. This book is dedicated to U.S. servicemen, servicewomen, veterans, and their families. It is written for the children, as they hear or read the words, to feel more peace with one or both of their parents overseas. The sacrifice of the soldier is sometimes more than what was expected. Children have a hard time understanding that sacrifice. This book is unusual in that it aims to remind children of all ages why their military parents are absent. There is a warm, engaging quality to each of Braught's paintings, in spite of contextual differences. The soldier who kisses a letter could be kissing one that you, the reader, wrote. It feels like you want your hand traced so your child will hold it for memories. It seems to be your dad, husband or brother saluting the flag that is committed to protecting our country. These paintings are that engaging. Reviewer: Debby Willett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982097236
  • Publisher: Dear Baby Books
  • Publication date: 10/16/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 697,177
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Casey is a former news writer and editor who has also worked with women’s and children’s charities in the areas of fundraising, media, and event planning. She lives in Alpharetta, Georgia. Mark Braught is an illustrator whose work on Cosmos's Moon garnered a Caldecott nomination. He also created the full-color paintings for the merchandising of the movie, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone. He lives in Cumming, Georgia.
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