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Good Night Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá Paperback – June 4, 2013
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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."
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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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).
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!
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!
I love how this story portrays the love of a mother to her children, and her passion to her career serving in the U.S. Air Force. I read this book to my 5 yr.old, and he was fascinated. This book is not only great for military family it is also helpful in explaining to children that women too serve in the military. What I love the most is that the book is bilingual in both Spanish and English, and written by a Latina Mamá! This book is an excellent addition to our bilingual home library.
Retired Master Sergeant, USAF
Early Childhood Special Education/Autism Teacher
Las Vegas, NV