Brief summary: This book depicts a variety of parents in different military branches saying good-bye to their children before deployment. It talks about how the children and soldiers cope with the worry and frustration of this separation. It encourages being brave and strong.
Comments: A narrative nonfiction. The large photos throughout include diversity of military branches, ethnic backgrounds, and female/male soldiers. I like how this was a very real book about employment and talks about the anxiety of separation for the children as well as the parents including how to cope in the days to follow. These are actual families and includes a world map to show where the soldiers were stationed. In the back of the book, there is a section on separation along with what brave means, who serves, a note to caregivers, and further resources sections. I’d like to see more patriotic books like this one. I plan to share this book with my students before Veterans’ Day.