Inspired by her own granddaughter Natalie, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, tells a story through a child’s eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world in this eBook with audio.
When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of her father, but there is nothing to stop her from wishing he was home. Some things do help her feel better. Natalie works with her Nana to send her dad and the other service men and women cookies and treats they have made. Natalie, her mom, and her brother can see and talk to Dad over the computer, and the kindness of friends at school and at church help her feel supported and loved. But there is nothing like the day when her Dad comes home at last.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books|
|Sold by:||SIMON & SCHUSTER|
|File size:||19 MB|
|Note:||This product may take a few minutes to download.|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Raúl Colón has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books including the New York Times bestselling Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt and Susanna Reich's José! Born to Dance. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.
Jill Biden, the wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, has long been a strong supporter and advocate for military families. Her eldest son, Beau Biden, Natalie’s father, was deployed to Iraq two years ago. In April 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden joined together to start a national initiative, “Joining Forces,” to encourage Americans to join together to support military families in their communities. Jill Biden frequently travels across America and abroad to speak to troops and their families.
Raúl Colón has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books, including Draw!; the New York Times bestselling Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt; Susanna Reich’s José! Born to Dance; and Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When a family member is serving in the military, it can be really difficult for children to understand and cope with the loss of a loved one when they must go overseas. In this story, when five-year-old Natalie’s father departs for a year of military service overseas, although she is very proud of her father, she is upset and knows that she will miss him very much. Natalie finds support and friendship in her school, church, neighborhood, and family that helps her cope with this difficult time. Working with her Nana, they send out cookies to her father and other service members. The neighbors show Natalie and her family kindness, from yard work to baking dinner. Her teacher talks about the military and how important they are. At church everyone prays for the service members. Natalie and her family even get to speak with her Dad through the computer. Natalie learns that her father is not the only person in the military that is missed by his family, and that her grandmother, mother, and younger brother also are experiencing loss. The greatest help for Natalie is the constant voice of her father reminding her to “Be Brave,” and that helps her get through the year. Although it was hard, when her father finally returns home, there could not be a greater joyous occasion. Inspired by the experiences of her granddaughter Natalie during her father deployment to Iraq Jill Biden has created a truly touching and beautiful book. Both in writing and in the amazing artwork of Colon, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops perfectly illustrates the emotions that children and their families face when military service separates them for a period of time. Included at the end of the book are some references for organizations that support the military and their families as well as resources for children on how to connect with military children in their communities. Additionally, Jill Biden will donate all net author proceeds to charities that support military families and children, and publisher Simon & Schuster will make a contribution to a charity that supports military families and children. Recommended for readers age 5-7, but a perfect addition to the libraries of all families, military and civilian alike.
Young children learn about the sacrifice of our brave military men and women, while learning about the troops' kids who miss them every day. A fine story that children AND adults should read to better understand the struggles our military families face.