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Children's LiteratureThis illustrated book—part of "The U.S. Armed Forces" series—briefly highlights a few aspects of life in The U.S. Navy. As in the other titles in this series, the author combines a sparse narrative with photographs of men and women in military action. Readers will see aircraft carrier-based planes taking off, jets firing missiles at potentially destructive enemies, and Navy personnel taking part in preparing for ship-based or aerial tasks. All in all, readers will come away with a few memorable images of Americans serving in the Navy. However, what is missing from the pages of this picture book is any real sense of the sacrifice and cost of war. Readers may well finish this book with the thought that serving in combat in the Navy is a sanitized job similar to a video game. Because of this, and because of the age group at which this book is aimed, it does appear that this work lacks the context necessary to make it a viable choice for younger readers. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 9.
—Greg M. Romaneck