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K-Gr 2–This sunny picture book opens with the stirring words, “My dad is a superhero.” However, readers soon discover that he is not a caped crusader: he is a United States soldier in fatigues. As the proud boy explains, Dad has real-life corollaries to the traditional superhero accessories, for example, a rifle instead of a laser gun. The illustrations often flesh out the child's vision. The words on one spread, “He can't fly–well, sometimes he can,” are accompanied by a picture of Dad and his buddies parachuting from a plane. The bright, cartoon artwork makes the book child-friendly and evokes superhero comic books. Meanwhile, the luminous watercolors make the difficult subject matter approachable for young children faced with separation from military parents. Hardin's first-person narrative helps them voice their own feelings, and reassuringly, this dad comes home. For most collections, especially those serving military communities.Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Beginning with the statement “My dad is a superhero,” a young boy shares information about activities engaged in by his father, an American soldier stationed in what looks to be the Middle East. The boy’s simple narration and the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations make it clear that the superhero status doesn’t come from a fantasy (e.g., flying through the air, X-ray vision) but from the very real actions soldiers perform daily in the course of duty: driving a tank, jumping out of an airplane, and so on. Although there are many picture books available about a parent in the military, what makes this unique is the very basic format, featuring one sentence per double-page spread, and the solemn, uncluttered illustrations clearly portraying the father’s actions. Another nice tweak is Hardin’s focus on the activities of the military parent, while many other authors tend to focus on the child’s activity while the parent is away. Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761457135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761457138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kay H. on March 24, 2014
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As a career NCO family with kids, we go to a lot of kids parties. I give this book almost every time to kids 1-5 years old - it's perfect to add to another gift, most people haven't heard of it, and it addresses hard parts of the lifestyle in an approachable manner. Our baby loves it too - it's nice to psychologically prepare kids for the separations this line of work entails. As NCOs, its nice to contribute to family well-being in a non-pushy way. The race of the main characters isn't starkly white like many kid's books, which is great for identifying with minorities (which we are). Overall, a great buy at a great price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krieks on March 1, 2011
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My three year old received this book for Christmas and it INSTANTLY became one of his favorites! It's a fun, easy to read book that points out how a military dad is just like a super hero. For our family, it helped to validate for my son why his Daddy wears a certain uniform to work everyday and why he has to be "at work" for long periods of time, among other things. While it is somewhat specific to the Army, I believe it would be an appropriate book for ANY military family, regardless of branch. If you've got a loved one who is deployed or know someone who does, it makes a GREAT gift for their family!!
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By Angie on November 23, 2012
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I have participated in contributing to the Military Family Christmas parties for the past several years at Walter Reid and now at the new hospital. I happened to find a children's book at a local vendor called "My Dad is in the Navy", and thought it would be great to be able to find more of these books to donate along with some of the other things for "Santa" to give out.

Once again, Amazon not only had them, but I they will arrive in time for them to get to VA in time for the party.

All parents love to see their children happy, and hopefully these books will make the day a little more special.

Maybe others will do the same.

Ange
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JMama on November 17, 2010
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My husband is currently deployed with the Navy for the 3rd time and I wanted a book to be able to read to our 4 year old. This book is absolutely adorable! One page reads..."He doesn't have X-ray vision---he has night vision." It compares the military parent to a super hero in ways that children can completely relate to. All of my children truly enjoyed this book. The oldest is 9 years old. I would readily recommend this book to any military family preparing for or dealing with a separation.
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By Ziggy on January 9, 2015
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My two year old loves this book. She points out the soldier on each page who she believes to be her daddy. We read it every night when he's gone and it calms her when she's sad and missing daddy. After we're done reading she always goes to the window to look for him then finds her USO daddy doll and hugs him tight. Deployment is hard on everyone and this book helps me make sense of it to her. I highly recommend it!
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I bought this for my son to read to my 3 y/o grandson in the USO's United through reading program. Joey wants to watch and read along over and over, he now knows the book by heart and "reads it himself". What a great way to explain a sad situation in a way that even the young ones can understand. Highly recommended for all children with a parent who is deployed.
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By Mrs. Russell on February 20, 2011
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I bought this for my 3 year old son while his daddy was deployed and he loves it! Of course he loves all things military :). The pictures in this book are very nice and the way they compare daddy to a super hero is very cute. It makes it easier for my young son to understand why exactly daddy is gone and what he is doing :) I highly reccomend this book!
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By E. A. Lekberg on January 8, 2014
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This book is important as it provides an affirming view into the military family. It is valuable to show kids of service members that even when it's hard to see, their parent's service is heroic and necessary.
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