Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Toddlers, Tots and Teens: Postcards From a War






POSTCARDS FROM A WAR
Written by Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrated by Mike Blanc
2009; 40 Pages
VanitaBooks
Genre: war, picture book, history

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

★★★★

Based on a true story - Colonel Wilfred Bauknight

Matthew Jackson misses his mother, who is in the Air Force, and must travel to another country because there is a war going on.  His grandfather senses Matthew's sadness and tells him a story about his own father.  Grandpa's father had to go fight in WWII leaving behind his three kids and his wife.  As he tells Matthew about his experiences he also shows the letters they had exchanged.  This sparks Matthew into staying more connected with his mother.

What gorgeous pictures! And, the story is so heartwarming and prevalent to present day. Many children have parents in the military and seeing all that is going on in the world it can be scary.  I liked that this book as it opens up conversation with children with ease. 

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Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet.

She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, ltd. into a successful investment management firm.

Today, as an accomplished author, Vanita shares openly the experiences that she, Jim and their families have had with multiple sclerosis. She has likened MS to living with an elephant, one that won't go away or be ignored. Together, she and Jim have found ways to live with this "elephant", and to share some of the larger lessons about life they've learned through the diseas

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