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Children's LiteratureThe United States Marine Corps is one of the elite military units in the world and has served the American people since the Revolutionary War. One need only think of places such as Iwo Jima, Tarawa, and The Meuse Argonne to recall the sacrifices in battle that U.S. Marines have made for their country. The life of a U.S. Marine is one marked by vigorous training, comradeship, and the potential for violence. Part of the series "The U.S. Armed Forces," this title is aimed at youngsters in primary to intermediate grades. This work is, in fact, a picture book that substitutes photos of marines disembarking from amphibious vehicles, firing assault rifles, or flying jets for the illustrations normally found in books aimed at this age level. Unfortunately, the book tends to sanitize the life of a marine in combat and presents this censored version of war to an audience too young to understand the implications involved. The very limited text makes no mention of the human cost of war or why marines fight in them. One is left with only the image of men with determined faces running and using modern weaponry. Thus, this book appears to be more of an early-age recruiting poster than a work that is appropriate for young children. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 9.
—Greg M. Romaneck