"Graciela's takes her experience as a decorated Air Force veteran and mother to create this bilingual children's book. The story captures a special moment as Captain Mama explains to her son, Marco about all the different colorful patches. The patches serve as way for Captain Mama to share what it means to serve in the U.S. Air Force. This is a great story to read with your child as it reminds parents and children alike that parents are not only mamas and papas, but also are heroes in their children's eyes."
-REFORMA, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA)
"...beautifully captures the sweet, thoughtful questions our children ask...shares the legacy a mom is passing down to her son--a wonderful picture of patriotism, love of country and the love between a mom and her child."
-Linda Maloney, Author, Military Fly Moms, retired naval aviator
"El libro...con coloridas y encantadoras ilustraciones, presenta una fabulosa herramienta, para aquellas familias con mujeres militares, pero también para todos los niños en general, ya que es un tema muy actual y todos conocemos en este momento a alguien que está sirviendo activamente en las fuerzas armadas. Y no sólo eso, este es el primer y único libro bilingue sobre el tema que permite educar a nuestros niños sobre los diferentes roles de los latinos en la sociedad americana, mientras que los incentivamos a practicar el idioma español."
"...Mama isn't in the kitchen rolling out tortillas, or in the store shopping - it's her son's bedtime and instead of settling down for the night herself, she's preparing to go on a mission.So much of what we read and see about Latina women is stereotypical...If we're not cleaning a house, we're either beauty queens or something a lot less savory. I can't remember a time where I've EVER read about a Latina Captain before. That's huge. It shows children they can aspire to something more...and have role models that do more than shake their behinds and sing." -Gina Ruiz, AmoxCalli
"The bilingual book, which has been impeccably translated to Spanish, tells the story of a little boy named Marco who is curious about seeing his mom in her uniform and asks her a bunch of questions about the meaning of the different patches. His mom goes through each one explaining their significance and even gives him a special one to hold onto as she leaves on a mission...perfect not only for kids' with family members in the military, but also for parents who want to teach their kids about those in uniform and the need to respect them for all they do." -Roxana Soto, Spanglish Baby
About the Author
This book was inspired by a conversation the author had with her son the night before a Veterans Day event at his preschool. As Graciela donned her uniform, her son entered the room on his way to bed when he spotted her in her "costume." His curiosity and the questions he asked led Graciela to write the first draft of the manuscript that same night.
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She completed the Aerospace Studies program as an AFROTC (Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program) scholarship cadet while earning her degree in Architecture and Environmental Design. During her active duty career in the U.S. Air Force, she deployed to four continents and dozens of countries as aircrew member, instructor and contingency planning officer. Flying many combat sorties over Southern Iraq in the NO FLY Zone after Operation Desert Storm earned her crew the prestigious Air Medal on her first deployment. She served with a NATO Battle staff in Vicenza, Italy, as a military liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador and much more. She earned a Master degree in International Management from the School of Global Commerce at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington before leaving active service.
After an international marketing management career with Siemens, she created her global marketing and publishing firm, Gracefully Global Group, LLC. In November 2010, she received "Entrepreneur of the Year" honors at the LATINAStyle Magazine Gala in Washington D.C. Graciela actively mentors students who need education and career roadmaps, a central focus of her four-time award-winning book, Latinnovating. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, workshop leader (personal branding for military veterans) and lecturer in classrooms, business schools, corporate events and conferences around the nation. Graciela and her family live in the San Francisco Bay Area.