Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Reivew - Dear Baby I'm Watching Over You

Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Reivew - Dear Baby I'm Watching Over You

About the Book
How does a parent in the U.S. Armed Forces explain to a young child the concept of service to country and about why they are away so often? Dear Baby, I'm Watching Over You, written by Carol Casey and illustrated by Mark Braught, is a warm and beautifully illustrated story of enduring love across distance and time that will help children understand all the tender ways a parent remains connected to family while deployed to another country, to another state, or away for training exercises. Whether the child is a baby, toddler, or teen, they want to know that they remain a priority to their absent Mom or Dad and that their parent continues to watch over them from afar.

There are over a million servicemen and servicewomen on active duty. Many of them have had long and repeated tours of duty creating a challenging situation for military families. The 2005 U.S. Census Bureau estimated there are more than 25 million veterans, many who faced similar challenges in keeping close bonds with their children while away from home.

This book is for all the military personnel and for their spouses and families who have sacrificed along with them. It is a love letter from a parent to a child that puts into words the small and precious moments keeping that bond alive through distance and hardship. It also addresses the larger issue of patriotism and duty felt by all those who serve.

Each Dear Baby book comes with a unique yearbook feature that will help preserve precious memories. In this book, it is a "Roll Call" page where the person who has read this to or with a child can write their name and the date.

My Take on the Book As a person that knows a number of service men and women, I have seen the challenges and emotional strife that these families can go through when a parent deploys. This book does a great job at helping a child understand why their mom/dad has to deploy. I can see this book as being a great resource for any parent or grandparent that is working to help a child come to a better understanding of why their parent has to leave and I know that I, for one, will be sharing this book with a friend of mine who will be deploying within the next year so that his young children have a better understanding of this as well!

Full of beautiful artwork, this book is more than just the words on a page, but instead a book to treasure!

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