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Deployment Book Review

My kids LOVE books.  They are everywhere in our house, and I can't even count how many we read before bedtime on any given night.  I figure one can not ever read too many books.  With that in mind, I decided to write a small review of the deployment books I have for my kids.  These are all books aimed at preschool age kids or around that age group.

Daddy's Boots by Sandra Linhart
http://www.amazon.com/Daddys-Boots-Sandra-Miller-Linhart/dp/0984512705/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391374997&sr=8-1&keywords=Daddy%27s+boots
This book is amazing for little kids.  It talks about how Boots have to take Daddy away, and other jobs where people wear boots.  I have probably read this every night this past week.

Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut
http://www.amazon.com/Night-Catch-Brenda-Ehrmantraut/dp/0972983392/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391375217&sr=8-1&keywords=Night+catch
This is another book that I highly suggest.  My son thinks it's ok, but my daughter loves it.  She now talks to the stars occasionally to have them take a message to Daddy.  It has also helped her to understand there is a time difference where CJ is.

I Wish Daddy Was Here by Katherine DeMille
http://www.amazon.com/I-Wish-Daddy-Was-Here/dp/1607998580/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391375399&sr=8-1&keywords=I+wish+daddy+was+here
My daughter loves this book.  I is the only one we have that is exclusively about a daddy and his daughter.  Most of the other ones are talking to boys or are a mix of boys and girls.  It makes her feel special to see a daddy and daughter.  This is highly recommended if you have a daughter.

Over There by Dorinda Silver Williams
http://www.amazon.com/Version-LCSW-C-Dorinda-Silver-Williams/dp/1934019062/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391375550&sr=1-1&keywords=Over+there
I think we got this book from the FRG at one of the many meetings I was not at.  Sorry.  Either way it is really good.  It gets a little annoying reading it, but the kids love it. I think that is what matters.  This book may have just annoyed me because for a long time it was the only one we had so I read it over and over and over.

A Paper Hug by Stephanie Skolmoski
http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Hug-Stephanie-Skolmoski/dp/0978642503/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391375707&sr=1-1&keywords=A+paper+hug
I was a bit disappointed with this book.  It had great reviews on Amazon, but I'm not hugely impressed.  My kids will sit through it sometimes, but they don't really care for it as much either.  The story line is cute, but it takes a while to get to the point, and I'm not a fan of the illustration.

My Dad's Deployment: Activity Book for young children by Julie LaBelle
http://www.amazon.com/My-Dads-Deployment-deployment-activity/dp/1934617075/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391375913&sr=1-1&keywords=My+dad%27s+deployment+activity+book
First of all I'm not sure what for young children means in the title.  It is mostly beyond my young children.  I really think they should change that to for elementary aged children.  Tt here are some good activities in this, but a lot of them are to do before the spouse leaves.  I got these after.  That means the first 30 pages are kind of worthless.  The kids still colored all over them.  I have done a couple of the activities in the book, and they are good.  I'm up in the air about this one.  If you are the type that likes projects and have kids a bit older than my 2 and 3 year old this may be good.  I will use it occasionally.

I'm Here For YouNow by Janice Im, Claire Lerner, Rebecca Parlakian, and Linda Eggbeer
http://www.amazon.com/Im-Here-For-You-Now/dp/B008B9LMPO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391376564&sr=1-1&keywords=Im+here+for+you+now+Janice+im
We haven't really read this one.  Not because it isn't good, but because every page requires a picture to be out in.  I will get it done soon hopefully.  The words are good, but I hate having to find appropriate pictures and put them in every page.  I know, I'm lazy, but it is what it is.


I Miss You: A Military Kid's Book About Deployment by Beth Andrews
http://www.amazon.com/Miss-You-Military-About-Deployment/dp/1591025346/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391376244&sr=1-5&keywords=i+miss+you
I'm going to say this book is a waste.  Maybe, maybe older kids would like it, but I'm not seeing how. My recommendation is to not spend the money on it.

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden
http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Forget-God-Bless-Troops/dp/144245735X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391376415&sr=1-1&keywords=Don%27t+forget%2C+god+bless+our+troops
I was most disappointed in this book.  I wrongly assumed it would have a Christian theme, but it mentions God blessing the troops exactly one time.  As for the actual content of the book, it jumps around a lot, and is hard to follow.  It doesn't really follow much of a theme at all except for Daddy being gone.  We never read this one.

There you have it, my review of the deployment books we have.  I know Over There and Daddy's Boots also come in Mommy versions.  I'm not sure on the other ones.  The links will take you straight to Amazon where I got most of the books.  Happy reading!



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