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"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 XXI

"...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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 03
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Gracefully Global Group LLC; Bilingual edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983476039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983476030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a bilingual sought-after keynote speaker, award-winning author, military veteran/aviator and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Gracefully Global Group, LLC, the premiere educational publishing and marketing firm for content that showcases the contributions of the Latino community to the USA in industry, academia, military service, sustainable business and more.

In the spring of 2014, Graciela was honored by The White House as a "Woman Veteran Leader Champion of Change," for her entrepreneurship and leadership creating literature that delivers much-needed aspirational stories and positive media images of the nation's fastest growing ethnic group.

Graciela's books highlight the creative advantage of Latino culture as it impacts innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability through case studies like those found in her bestselling book "Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them." This is the first book showcasing Latino-led innovation in the green economy. "Latinnovating" was selected as the 1st Place winner of the 2012 Latino Books into Movie Awards, Documentary category. The award was given by Latino Literacy Now at the spring L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC. Additionally, at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards in New York City, she picked up the following awards for "Latinnovating":

*1st Place, Best Business Book
*1st Place, Best Nonfiction eBook
*2nd Place, Best Nonfiction Young Adult Book

In September 2014, she won the 1st Americas Latino Eco Festival Non-Fiction Book Award for "Latinnovating."

Graciela speaks frequently at corporate events and webinars, universities and colleges, business schools, industry conferences, education conferences, middle school and high school career events. Most recently she shared the stage with our Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as keynote speaker at the Green Schools National Conference.

Her ground-breaking book "Latinnovating" represents the convergence of Ms. Tiscareño-Sato's corporate sustainability experience, entrepreneurial drive and her desire to share compelling stories of innovation and leadership from the Latino community. Graciela's role in the sustainability movement is to inspire a huge wave of environmental entrepreneurs to benefit the planet, by showcasing those doing it today.

Previously she led the global Green Enterprise Initiative at Munich, Germany-headquartered Siemens Enterprise Networks. There she helped enterprises understand the economic and environmental value of collaboration technologies. Once adopted, these solutions dramatically reduced corporations' real estate needs, energy needs, employee commutes and their overall carbon footprints.

She's a graduate of the School of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley, a former military officer and aviator, and an active mentor to Latino youth. She earned a Master degree in International Management from the School of Global Commerce at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force flying onboard KC-135 refueling jets.

Her military aviation career inspired her first bilingual (English/Spanish) children's book, the first in a planned series, titled "Good Night Captain Mama/ Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá" which debuted on three Amazon.com bestseller lists when published. It was included in the "Remarkable Latino Children's Literature of 2013" list as published by Latinas for Latino Literature. It was an award winner in the "Best Educational Children's Book - Bilingual" category at the 2014 International Latino Books Awards held at the 2014 American Library Association convention in Las Vegas. In September 2014, this book won an award in the "Under age 12" category at the Military Writers Society of America Book Awards.

Graciela's thought leadership pieces have published in the U.S. and Europe including Environmental Leader, the National Society of Hispanic MBA's national magazine Hispanic MBA, Communications News, Enterprise Technology Management, Internet Telephony Magazine, Fox News Latino, Decisive Magazine and many others. She has been quoted in the New York Times and several national magazines and has done extensive media interviews in both English and Spanish. Graciela is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post; her articles appear in the Green, Small Business, Books and Latino Voices sections.

Graciela was honored by LATINA Style Magazine as the San Francisco Bay Area "Entrepreneur of the Year" in May 2010. She also received "Entrepreneur of the Year" honors at the Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund Gala in Washington D.C. in November. She is a key organizer of the annual Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit held annually at Stanford University. Graciela lives in the San Francisco east bay with her husband and three eco-conscious children.

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This book is a bilingual treasure. Easily accessible English, and the Spanish is perfect. Wonderful illustrations. I am so pleased that this book is bilingual so that Latino children can be proud of their parents' (and their own) heritage and of both cultures, and so that my grandchildren can practice their Spanish. More people should know of the sacrifices that Latinos and Latinas in the military are making for the United States. Too few do. And the kids should also know how Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America have contributed to the culture (not to mention the territory) of the U.S.

As a learning tool this bilingual book it is especially valuable. There are several studies including one from the National Council of Teacher's of English (NCTE) that learning BOTH languages actually prepares a student better in ENGLISH. Students at my school (the American School of Guadalajara) outscore monolingual U.S. students in the AP Literature Exam by a 15% margin. They have more than 4,000 cognates in their vocabulary than monolingual (English only)students. Moreover, since the cognates are Latin-based, they raise the level of diction of their essays and thus their writing is much more sophisticated. It really works.

As a grandfather and a teacher who loves to read to the young ones, I commend the book most highly. The children really enjoyed it as well!
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This is a sweet short book perfect for a bedtime story or story time at school or the library.

As Marco gets ready to go to bed, his mother comes in and they have a conversation:

"Mama, what's this patch that's red, white and blue" he wanted to know. "That's my American flag," she replied. "Oh. What does it mean?" asked Marco. "This is the symbol of our nation, the U.S.A. I serve in our miitary to protect our country and to keep you safe," she replied.

Note to the grammarians among us - notice that there are no paragraphs. I read an eGalley, so I would assume that proper spacing will be in the final copy.

It serves as a pretty rounded explanation of what military parents do and the best thing about it is that it is bilingual, with each page having both the English story and the Spanish story - probably a great book for home schoolers who are teaching their children both languages as well.

Best of all, a portion of the proceeds are dedicated to a group that runs a training/mentoring program for women veterans!
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As a retired USAF KC-135 and KC-10 boom operator (and wife of an active duty aircrew member), I absolutely love this book. As soon as I received it, my 2 1/2 year old son wanted to see it. He paged through it, touching the wonderful illustrations and pointing out the pictures of aircrew patches. He repeatedly said "Daddy has patches, too!" (He's too young to remember Mommy wearing a flightsuit.) We read the book 6 times in a row, that's how excited my son was about this story. As I'm now a preschool teacher, I also love having a book that tells young children a bit about the role that Mommies play on the military. I can't wait to share this book with my own students and my school library.

Christy Schultz
Retired Master Sergeant, USAF
Early Childhood Special Education/Autism Teacher
Las Vegas, NV
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What a magnificent book. I've already ordered several copies. One for myself and the rest for the nieces and nephews.

The story has many valuable lessons to teach young minds, though all done with intrigue and subtlety. Patriotism, honor, sacrifice, duty, and respect are among those lessons. Respect should be underscored, for it refers to respect for all people. 'Good Night Captain Mama' will teach your child that all dreams are attainable, though it is important to navigate those dreams with honor. The illustrations throughout GNCM, done by Linda Lens, are exceptional. There's even a section in the back of the book which helps children create their own squadron patches. The text is printed in both English and Spanish.

I rate this book a solid 5 stars, as I do its author, Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, a decorated USAF officer and instructor. Thank you, Graciela, for your service to this nation and your wonderful book(s).
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