America's White Table

America's White Table


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America's White Table by Margot Theis Raven, Mike Benny

The White Table is set in many mess halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give. It was just a little white table... but it felt as big as America when we helped Mama put each item on it and she told us why it was so important. "We use a Small Table, girls," she explained first, "to show one soldier's lonely battle against many. We cover it with a White Cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart when he answers his country's call to duty." "We place a Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a plate to show a captive soldier's bitter fate and the tears of families waiting for loved ones to return," she continued."We push an Empty Chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here..." Margot Theis Raven has been a professional writer working in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and children's books for 30 years. Margot's first children's book, Angels in the Dust, won five national awards, including an IRATeacher's Choice Award. Her first book with Sleeping Bear Press, Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, was the runner-up for the 2004 Texas Bluebonnet Award. She lives with her family in Charleston, South Carolina. Mike Benny's illustrations have appeared in Time, GQ, New Yorker and Sports Illustrated Magazines. He has also been awarded two Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators. This is Mike's first children's book. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Mary Ann and daughter Adele.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585362165
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Sleeping Bear Picture Books
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 168,304
Product dimensions: 9.42(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

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America's White Table 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
armywidow More than 1 year ago
I think every family should read this book. I bought three of them; one for each of my children and their families. I suggest that they read the book together as a family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I did not know of this tradition until reading this book. I think that this is a very sweet and great way to honor all of the people that fight and have fought for our freedom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our school held a Veteran's Day assembly and one of our teacher's read this story to our students and the veteran's in attendance. As the story was being read, several students were actually setting the table to give us a clear picture of what was being read. Many veteran's as well as teachers were emotional during this part of the assembly. I've added this book to my Christmas list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as my social studies teacher read this book to me and the class i started to cry i was truly touched by this book. this is an outstanding book and i recommend it to anybody or to anybody who has lost a veteran at war or if you have a veteran in the family. this is a wonderful book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to explain POW/MIA's to children. The simple language helps children understand about the Vietnam war and why we have the white table in remembrance of fallen and missing vetrans.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My school librarian remade this table exactly