Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops

By Jill Biden
Inspired by her own granddaughter Natalie, Vice President Joe Biden s wife, Jill, tells a story through a child s eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world.
When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of her father, but there is nothing to stop her from wishing he was home. Some things do help her feel better. Natalie works with her Nana to send her dad and the other service men and women cookies and treats they have made. Natalie, her mom, and her brother can see and talk to Dad over the computer, and the kindness of friends at school and at church help her feel supported and loved. But there is nothing like the day when her Dad comes home at last."

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops.

Biden, Jill (Author), Colon, Raul (Illustrator)

Jun 2012. 40 p. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, hardcover, $16.99. (9781442457355).

Biden, wife of the vice president, watched for a year as her granddaughter, Natalie, dealt with the

deployment of her father to Iraq. Using Natalie's experiences as a springboard, Biden chronicles what life is like for a child with a parent fighting far from home. Natalie sits on her father's lap as her mother

explains, "Soldiers have to do hard things sometimes." So do their children. Natalie has to comfort her

mother and help her younger brother through missing his dad. But there are glimmers of light as well: on

video chat, she shows her father her loose tooth; the family sends care packages overseas; and she

befriends a girl whose parent is also deployed. Connecting each spread are the words, "Be brave, Natalie." Through both the sensitive text and the art, there is always the feel of time passing until, finally, Natalie's father comes home. As always, Colon's scratchboard-style art, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, invites a closer look. Here readers will see how faith and community help military families. The excellent back matter gives readers myriad ways that both adults and children can help military families in their own communities.


The Second Lady will no doubt attract publicity, and plenty of it.

But even on its own, this book is so full of wonderful ways to help the troops that it is a must for libraries.

"-- Booklist", June 1, 2012



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Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publish date 06/05/2012
Pages 40
ISBN-13 9781442457355
ISBN-10 144245735X
Language English

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