The Veterans' Clubhouse

The Veterans' Clubhouse

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ISBN-13: 9781616336615
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2015
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 24
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.06(d)

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The Veterans' Clubhouse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Penelope_Anne_Cole More than 1 year ago
“The Veteran’s Clubhouse,” by Kristen Zajac, illustrated by Jennifer Houdeshell, is an important and timely book. It deals with the problem of homelessness in our veteran population. This faith-based story presents the problem as seen through the eyes of two caring children, Patrick and his sister, Hailey. In the U.S., we have veterans from the Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan conflicts—all dealing with the problems of re-integration into society and PTSD. After a family lunch at a restaurant, Patrick and family meet a homeless vet and give him food. Grandpa and Charlie, the homeless man, are both Vietnam vets. Patrick is always “drumming” and soon he and Charlie are drumming together. They listen to Charlie’s story and want to do more than give food. They want to provide shelter and food for Charlie and other homeless vets. Patrick and Hailey talk to their church Pastor and soon the whole community is working on a solution to this difficult problem—a Veterans’ Clubhouse! Jennifer Houdeshell’s expressive illustrations show Patrick and Hailey, their family, friends, churh, and their collective “good works.” The characters’ personalities, their concern, and the compassion that drives their efforts to help veterans, come across loud and clear. The artwork is detailed, colorful, and realistic. This adds another layer and personal dimension to the story. “The Veterans’ Clubhouse” is a good example of a community coming together to help people in need. What started with compassion and empathy soon becomes “Faith in Action.” Through their efforts, Patrick and Hailey experience the power of ideals and service, and also provide a solution that should inspire others to work to solve similar social problems. This book is highly recommended for teachers, parents, and students ages 8 to 10, and for school and church libraries.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
When Patrick and Hailey meet a homeless veteran, the two take it upon themselves to do something about his situation. This brother and sister team up to make a difference in a really big way. Consulting with their parents and the pastor at their church they come up with a plan which will help the homeless people in their community. The Veterans' Clubhouse is a wonderful book which promotes compassion while teaching kids on many levels. Through teamwork, planning, self sacrifice and compassion, a community comes together to help veterans find their way back to living, working and contributing to their own self sufficiency and well-being. This book, which is not another 'pie-in-the-sky do-good' rendering, is thoughtfully written and helps kids understand that in order to make a difference it can often require the efforts of many people. But the overall message is that kids really can make a difference. Wonderful illustrations by Jennifer Thomas Houdeshell help enhance this excellent book which is sure to promote and inspire altruism in youngsters. The Veteran's Clubhouse is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
KevinMcNamee More than 1 year ago
Becoming homeless can happen to anyone. But when it happens to Charlie, a Vietnam Veteran that Patrick and Hailey meet, they decide to take matters into their own hands and do something about it. With the help of their church and community, they build the Veterans’ Clubhouse to help homeless vets get back on their feet. What a terrific message author Kristen Zajac delivers to children in showing them how they could get involved to help the homeless. I bet after reading the book, kids will come up with their own creative ideas on how to help as well. Jennifer Houdeshell’s illustrations leap off the page and really add another dimension to this wonderful book. This book would make a splendid addition to any home or library. It shows a way to give back to those who served this country and demonstrates how compassion plus action achieves great things. Nicely done!
KarinLarson More than 1 year ago
The Veterans' Clubhouse, written by Kristen Zajac and illustrated by Jennifer Thomas Houdeshell (Guardian Angel Publishing, June 2015), is a heart-warming, faith-based story of caring and giving of oneself to others in need, in this case homeless veterans. This story, about a homeless Vietnam veteran named Charlie who is down on his luck, is told from the perspective of two children who work tirelessly to create The Veterans' Clubhouse for those veterans struggling to find work and a place to live. This story uses art, music and colorful sounds to create a fun story to which kids, and adults, can easily relate. The Veteran's Clubhouse shows other kids how possible it is to make a positive difference for others in this world and affirms that persistence and hard work pay off in the end. This story is particularly important in this day and age in which we now live with so many veterans struggling for work and shelter. I dare say the characters in Ms. Zajac's story will motivate many children to want to help others needing assistance. Ms. Houdeshell's illustrations are truly incredible and bring the characters and story to life in such vivid color and detail. Well done! I love this book and highly recommend it. Disclosure: I received this book from the author but this review consists of my honest opinion, not influenced in any way by the author or publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the context of this story. Patrick and Hailey are just children, but when they meet a homeless veteran and hear his story, they do something about it. They are able to bring a community together to help homeless veterans and bring them hope for a brighter future. It shows that no matter what age you are, there is a way to make a difference. I story of compassion, perseverance and a community rallying together. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book to teach kids about the honor and respect that all veterans deserve. The Veterans' Clubhouse is a good book for teachers to use in their classrooms or to read to your children at home. This book gives a great lesson about how important it is to remember the people who have helped as all when they served our country and how we must help them in return.