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Night Catch Hardcover – July, 2005

4.7 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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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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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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I'm in the military and going through a really long technical school. Its been really hard on my 3.6 year old. He LOVES LOVES LOVES to read this book with me, through not as much with mom when I'm gone, but it seemed to get him to understand that I was leaving but I would come back. I suspect when I eventually have to go on a deployment and he is a bit older and able to understand more of the book, it will be even greater.
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I bought this book for my 5 year old son to get ready for my husbands deployment. The reviews seemed pretty good so I gave it a shot. We LOVE this book! Even my 9 year old loves to read it. This book is geared more for boys, but if your daughter loves baseball then it works just as well. The idea of the "game" they play is so adorable we are going to play it when he leaves. Playing catch with a star each night, my youngest is so excited!
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I love this book, probably more than my kids. I couldn't help but tear up while reading it. It's obviously aimed at children whose parents are deployed but there's no reason for another child not to like it.
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This is a great book for when Daddy has to leave. Even though it's about a boy and his father, my little girl absolutely loves this story. When her father is away she wraps up in the blanket he had made for her and we read this every night before bed. Then we go outside and she blows as hard as she can to send that star to daddy. I definitely reccomend this book
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My son is 5 and my husband is about to embark on our 3rd combat deployment. I have been researching books for me to purchase to help our son with coping. This book really helps. It's nothing like a miracle, but it's sweet that every night he asks to see the moon and the stars. Now him and his father are planning on playing "night catch" once he leaves. I am so thankful that this is one of many things that will help him during this deployment.
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