My Daddy Was a Soldier: A World War Two Story

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Jeannie misses her father, away fighting in the war. She and her mother plant a Victory Garden and write letters. But they worry too. Will he be alright? When will he come home? Jeannie's story is set during the Second World War. Many things are different today, but the feelings of a child whose parent has gone away to war don't change. When originally published, the National Council for Social Studies named this a "Notable Book in Social Studes" and called it "a moving account ...
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New York, New York, U.S.A. 1990 Hardcover First Edition Fine in Very Good dust jacket 0823407950. About new book, unmarked and still stiff toopen; in glossy dj with 1.5" tear to ... top edge of front panel and two other short tears. Read more Show Less

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Jeannie misses her father, away fighting in the war. She and her mother plant a Victory Garden and write letters. But they worry too. Will he be alright? When will he come home? Jeannie's story is set during the Second World War. Many things are different today, but the feelings of a child whose parent has gone away to war don't change. When originally published, the National Council for Social Studies named this a "Notable Book in Social Studes" and called it "a moving account of the responses and emotions of those left behind."

While Daddy's away fighting in the Pacific, Jeannie plants a Victory garden, collects scrap, and sends letters to her father as she anxiously awaits his return.

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Gr 3-6-- A quiet story of reminiscence in which a young Philadelphia girl recalls the years during World War II. Her father leaves home in 1943 to serve in the army, and his letters from training camp and the Pacific mark the passage of time for Jeannie and her mother. During his absence, they experience the war on the home front: the mother works as a welder, and Jeannie helps her class collect scrap metal. Food shortages, victory gardens, blackouts, and gas rationing fill their lives as they share their fears for her father's safety. The book ends with a joyful reunion of the family in the train station following V-J Day. Soft, full-page black-and-white pencil drawings enrich a text filled with descriptions and warm, affectionate dialogue. The book accurately conveys what it was like to be a child in that time of private anxiety and community spirit. Although few children are spontaneously drawn to memoirs, Ray's story, read aloud or discussed, is full of potential for learning and sharing. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823407958
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years

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