Melinda Hardin, Author
Bryan Langdo, Illustrator
Amazon Children’s Publishing, Fiction, 2013
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Military Moms, Jobs, Military Families, Pride, Love, War
Opening: “Our moms are superheroes. My mom doesn’t leap over tall buildings — she builds them.”
Synopsis: The mothers in this book are heroes to their sons and daughters. They fly helicopters, work with dogs to find missing people and dangerous objects, repair aircraft, trucks and tanks, heal patients, and lead battalions. They have two things in common. They are American soldiers and they are moms.
Why I like this book: This is a very positive and heartwarming book that introduces kids to the subject of what military Moms do while they are away serving our country. It is very simple and emphasizes how proud the children are of the job their hero parents do to keep us safe. Melinda Hardin has taken a tough subject of separation and put a positive spin on the subject. I could easily see a military child taking this book to share at school. Bryan Langdo’s pastel watercolors are friendly an engaging and capture a feeling of pride in each child. Hardin also is the author of Hero Dad. These are two great books to use in the classroom.
Resources: Have children in class write thank you letters to deployed military soldiers. All moms and dads are super heroes. Encourage the class to draw pictures about the jobs their parents do, regardless of whether or not they are military. With Father’s Day around the corner, this would be a great activity. Have children pack care packages for soldiers to show them how much you appreciate what they do. I know it warms the hearts of soldiers to receive letters and packages from kids. My grandson received care packages from school children.
Kirkus Review: “An important message, delivered with effective straightforwardness and an abundance of heart.”
School Library Journal: “The luminous watercolors make the difficult subject matter approachable for young children.
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