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Night Catch Hardcover – July 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972983392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972983396
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Night Catch is a staple in our Parent to Parent program. Used for Tell Me a Story events, Night Catch provides military-connected children a unique opportunity to maintain close, personal bonds with moms and dads during deployments or long separations. We enthusiastically recommend it!" --Military Child Education Coalition

"Keeping military families connected during deployment is the core of our work. Brenda's exceptional imagery allows military families to realize mindfulness--keeping the parent in the mind of the child and the child in the mind of the parent. Night Catch is the best of the best!" --Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D, CEO, United Through Reading

"Night Catch is my favorite book to read with my two girls when daddy is away. We are BIG FANS!" --Tara E Crooks, Cofounder, Army Wife Network

About the Author

As a teacher, Brenda Ehrmantraut spent years filling notebooks and journals with stories and ideas.

Night Catch was inspired when her brother deployed to Iraq and Brenda wanted to create a story that would connect and comfort his family during their year apart.

About Night Catch, she says, "I love hearing how parents and grandparents get choked up reading it; it makes me feel like I've made a human connection and a tiny little difference." Brenda feels honored to play a small part in supporting the sacrifices military families make through the distribution of her book. Brenda was a reading and language arts teacher in Ohio and Washington before having children of her own. She and her husband, a minister, live in Beresford, South Dakota, where she continues to work in education.

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We read this book every night while daddy was gone.
Samantha Haas
He has been gone for almost a year and we still read this book and now share it with my 2 year old.
Mommy to two
Great book for a kid to help cope with deployment!!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By AVA on February 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As an Army wife, the hardest thing I have to endure is watching my kids say goodbye to their dad for an entire year as he goes to Iraq for the second time. There will be nothing more important to them during this time than routine and ritual to keep Daddy close in their hearts. This book will be a great tool for helping them keep Daddy part of their nighttime routine. The story is about a father, a soldier, who is being sent to serve in a far off location (in what looks like Iraq but it's never specifically stated). The father proposes a special nightly game of catch with his son in which his son finds Polaris each night before climbing in bed. He instructs the boy to, "Breathe in deep, then blow out hard to send that North Star sailing far." Then Dad tells his son, "Then close your eyes and have sweet dreams of playing catch amid moonbeams. The star will travel all the night while you are sleeping, tucked in tight. I'll work while waiting patiently for that North Star to come to me. Then as you open up your eyes, I'll spot it in my darkening skies. I'll catch that star with a grand salute on my end of its nightly route." The lyrical story goes on to say how dad will send the star back and they will send it back and forth until the end of his time abroad. "Then when I'm finished working there, I'll blow a final puff of air. I'll board the plane and ask the crew to race that star right back to you."

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I can't say enough about the sweet but simple nature of the story or of the illustrations, which are magical and relaxing at the same time. As my family prepares for a year-long deployment, I'm stocking up on books. I'm glad to see that I have more of a selection than basic (non-military) separation books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan Thompson Underdahl on September 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I heard Brenda Ehrmantraut read this book at a SCBWI conference and was incredibly moved by both her lyrical prose and the sweetness of the story. This book should be gifted to every child with a parent stationed overseas. It's absolutely beautiful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie L. Horvath on March 18, 2008
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My husband will soon leave for Kuwait, leaving behind our 4 yo daughter and me. I've been researching various deployment books since we learned he was going.

Overall, this is one of the best books. It is service neutral (which is difficult to find). The story is about love and separation more than the actual reason they are gone. The illustrations are lovely and typical of quality children's books as opposed to deployment books that look like they were drawn by children.

While our daughter becomes sad when her dad reads it to her, I feel as if it will help a lot when he leaves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen on January 31, 2010
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I bought this book for my almost 3 yr old daughter as her daddy leaves once again. I hoped the book would help us explain in a different way that daddy was leaving again. The book failed to meet my needs. Two strikes in relation to my family and this book - 1)it's about a boy with a baseball, and 2) it is really for an older kid. The author creates a nightly routine that has a baseball theme, but my daughter doesn't play baseball with daddy yet. I tried to change the words to a "kiss" with the "moon" but it didn't translate well. So, if you have a boy 5+ I would say that this is a great book. For a 3 yr old girl - not the book. I also bought "Daddy goes on a trip" which features a girl and is easier for a younger kids. This book seems to help(?). Good luck to all of you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M's Mommy on January 28, 2008
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This book is wonderful! We bought it about 2 months before my husband deployed for the Middle East and read it often with my three-year-old son. He continued to read it while Daddy is away, and even reads it with Daddy now that Daddy is home. I know it helped him to understand that Daddy was going to the desert and that he would be coming home. It doesn't mention Iraq or any other location by name, but the pictures show a Daddy in the desert. I have given this book as a gift for friends whose children are about to experience a parent's deployment. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Summer on February 13, 2008
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I love the idea of the father and son playing catch with the North star while Dad is away at war. It helps explain the distance apart as well as shows the child that Dad still loves and thinks of his son. I do think this story will have the most impact on 4-year-olds and up, though. The text is a little over the head of my 2.5-year-old, and therefore doesn't do much to enlighten her as to what it MEANS to have Daddy deploy. But she likes to look at the stars anyway. :-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica Lien on December 23, 2007
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We bought this book so I could video tape my husband reading it to our daughter who is due in a couple of weeks. My husband just deployed a couple days ago, and reading it brought him to tears. He will miss his daughter's birth, and miss out on a lot of major milestones-but at least when he comes home sometime in the next 6-12 months, she will recognize him. To her, seeing him reading Night Catch on the TV and seeing him on the webcam-it will be like she is meeting Big Bird when homecoming comes around!! Great overall story, very well written, with beautiful illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LRW on October 31, 2010
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My dear friend gifted our family with this book before my husband deployed for 22 months. We had to make sure we could read through it without crying before we read it with the kids :) It is a touching story and while the pictures recognize that the far off place is a desert, the story does not focus on the war or the soldier as a hero (there are enough books like that). The soldier in the book is a dad and the child he plays catch with is a boy, but both girls and boys of many ages can apply this game of catch in their specific situation. This worked for my boy (6) and my girl (3) who never went to bed without throwing Dad the North Star. I am buying this book for friends who have their dad deploying. When I asked my kids (now 11 and 8) if I could borrow out their book, the thought of parting with it put tears in their eyes and they asked if we could fine one online to buy. This book touched our family in a special way.
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