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Postcards from a War Paperback – October 1, 2009
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former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a
graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she
currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence
for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.
Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's
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It discusses parents in the military. This can be a touchy subject to read as many military focus can be iffy when discussing.
The generic "parent at war" they don't write a specific war that his mother went to help with. This is good as it can relate to kids years from now with parents in a new war. Basically, allows kids to insert their experience with the military and wartime.
Discussion of emotions and showing them. The grandfather talks about how when he was a kid it wasn't acceptable to show emotions. They discuss crying and feeling upset about parents going off to war.
Easy to read fonts and ease in reading along with the story.
I love that the grandfather and grandson are bonding and able to talk about this together. They create their own memory book combining grandfather's letters from his father and grandson's mothers letters. Very sweet.
I love the balance of wanting peace and explanation in regards to war and what happens during it. The ending sentences show the grandfather is hopeful for a better time when there isn't need for war.
"Matthew," he said," if anyone can make that happen, it will be you and your friends. And you can always count on me to help you."
I can't think of anything that would be negative toward this story. Parents may not enjoy that they don't heavily idolize the US military it's depicted as needed and of people who want to help. But it is still a positive outlook toward the military and the need of having one and going to war.
Yes. This is a lovely historical fiction story that was delightful to read. It definitely is possible to help relieve kids of anxiety about their parents being deployed. Or a way to discuss veterans or anything military to students or your kids.
Having our troops out and about defending us from those who seek to do harm means that families are torn apart. Women lose their husbands. Men lose their wives. Most importantly, children lose a parent.
Children don't understand the concept and reasoning for war. What children understand is that they no longer have the same house and family that they did before. Children suffer without being able to talk to that missing parent. That parent suffers at being ripped away from their home and loved ones, and there is great stress and worry on both ends.
Postcards From A War by Vanita Oelschlager is a heart-warming tale of a young boy whose mother has been deployed overseas, causing him worry, sadness and heartbreak without complete understanding as to why his mother has been sent into a dangerous place away from home.
His grandfather sees his grandson's fear and decides to show him postcards that he himself received from his father during WWII. Such a touching tribute.
Illustrator Mike Blanc does a fantastic job of creating a beautiful and heart-warming tone to complement the delicate issues tackled within.
This 4 out of 5 stars book for me was the second children's book I have had the pleasure to review for this author. Her grasp of children's fears and worries is phenomenal. I highly recommend reading ANY children's book that she pens.
I received and ARC for and honest and unbiased review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher, and the talented author Vanita Oelschlager for the opportunity to read and review this poignant children's book.
The book is gentle and yet honest. I loved the many styles of the illustrations. I could see how this book would be very helpful to families with deployed parents. And with our WW2 veterans dwindling in number, it's a beautiful tribute.
I received this book as a free eARC from the authors, publisher, and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
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