Mr. Jennings used to walk around town at night wearing a trench coat and brimmed hat. He was a tall man with a long, strong stride. A young girl watched him walk by her house each night, scared and intimidated by this stranger’s shadow. Then one day, when she grew up, the girl was looking for a story to tell. Her dad said, “You should talk to Mr. Jennings.” Remembering how he scared her as a child, the girl hesitated, but took a chance and called the man. She met him in person for the first time and listened as he shared his adventures of combat in Europe during World War II. He was a hero, she thought. A teacher, even, and a father. And more than that, he didn’t scare her one bit. In fact, the girl had found a friend in this man named Jennings.
Author Jannette Jauregui, who started writing profiles about World War II veterans at 19, began wondering how she would teach her young daughters about the men and women – heroes, really - who had become such an important part of her life. Knowing her daughters would not get the chance to know many of the veterans, Jannette wrote a poem about Mr. Jennings, a retired high school history teacher who survived the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium during World War II. A Man Named Jennings keeps the memory of all veterans alive for children to read, and also tackles the importance of getting to know someone’s story before judging who they might be.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Santa Paula Mercer-Prieto VFW Post 2043 to help with the group’s many community-related projects.
|Publisher:||Dog Ear Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.05(d)|