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During World War II thousands of American servicemen were stationed overseas in various countries. It is in England that American GI Jack Ricker meets and marries an English widow with a nine-year-old son, Thomas. Thomas likes his new stepfather and he's hopeful about their future. But now with the war over, Jack is back in America. Thomas and his mother make plans to leave England and join him. Thomas is apprehensive about moving. He won't know anyone, apart from Jack. In America, they play baseball and not ...
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During World War II thousands of American servicemen were stationed overseas in various countries. It is in England that American GI Jack Ricker meets and marries an English widow with a nine-year-old son, Thomas. Thomas likes his new stepfather and he's hopeful about their future. But now with the war over, Jack is back in America. Thomas and his mother make plans to leave England and join him. Thomas is apprehensive about moving. He won't know anyone, apart from Jack. In America, they play baseball and not cricket. Will he fit in? Thomas and his mother find themselves on a trans-Atlantic voyage on the Queen Mary, sailing to America and a new life. They're not alone; hundreds of other "Brides and Babies" are on board, making the same trip with the same dreams. When Thomas helps another passenger handle feelings of homesickness, he realizes he is prepared to start his new American life.
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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
While stationed overseas during World War II, thousands of American soldiers married women from the countries they were stationed in. After World War II, the Red Cross coordinated transporting the war brides and their children to the United States. It was a tremendous undertaking. Stier presents a sweet little story that chronicles one English boy's journey to America. Beginning with his mother's marriage to an American serviceman, Thomas' story guides the reader through the anxiety of waiting for the day he leaves for America through the voyage where he meets other children heading for a new life, and the relief he feels when he arrives in America and sees his stepfather again. The illustrations are typical bright and cheerful children's book illustrations, focusing on Thomas and his life in England and his voyage to America, but add little to the story. The story itself is interesting from an historical perspective, but there is little in the story that will appeal to the target audience. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585366064
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Tales of the World
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,454,997
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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