Monday, October 3, 2011
MIlitary Mom reviewed by fran lewis
Author: Carol Dabney
Told by Five Year Old: Noah
There are many children whose parents are in the military overseas. Some are lucky enough to live on the bases with them and others hope and pray they stay safe while fighting for their country. Author, grandmother, educator, composer and poet Carol Dabney in her inspirational book Military Mom allows readers young and old to hear the voice of five year old Noah as he tells his mother’s story and shares her journey from the beginning with everyone. This review is dedicated to all those men and women who are protecting our country and to one little boy named Noah who is sharing his mom, his thoughts and his experiences with all of us. Thank you Noah and thank you Carol. This book is truly special.
All too often children have no idea what it means for a parent to join the armed services. Their first impression of a parent joining the army might mean going to Iraq or Iran and fighting. Noah explains his life as an Army Brat, but a really cute and well- behaved one at that.
Telling everyone that he loves his mom and how she joined the army when he was one is the first recollection he shares with readers. Explaining that when she went to boot camp he learned how to talk and when she ran drills he learned to walk. But, when he calls his mom Am America Soldier you can hear the pride in his young voice. Telling about his schooling and going to daycare to spending time with her during the holidays you can hear the love in his voice and see it in his eyes in every picture in this specially photographed book. Telling about leadership school, hanging out with the other girls, graduation and his new home at Schofield Barracks you share the experiences along with Noah and the reader. You can see the face of this adorable young child who loves his mom, is proud of her and is definitely having the time of his life. Sharing his thoughts, his favorite places, the magnificent pictures of the troops, complaining about being woken up when soldiers come running down the street this book has a positive message for all kids who have parents in the military and is an inspiration to help them understand that what their mother, father, grandfather or uncle is doing is vital and so special.
The picture in front of his school says it all and you can see how proud he is about the name and the school itself. The last few pages tell about his mom, her job and what her rank. They also include a magnificent picture of this beautiful young girl, the duty station and the ocean. Just looking at the pictures you wish you were there with him enjoying the countryside, the scenery and the bright sunlight. Added to this outstanding book is a song that should definitely be recorded and put on a CD: Imagine that America written and composed by this talented author and composer. Carol Dabney might have written a book about her daughter but it could be anyone’s daughter, sister or mother. Added to this book she includes a glossary of terms that helps the reader understand the jargon and the vocabulary used by the military. This book was written for military families and to help children understand that what their family member is doing is vital, important and special.
Your mom is amazing and I know you are proud
Your grandmother Carol really stands out from the crowd
Thank you for sharing your special poem with us
I truly hope many people read it and make a big fuss
The pictures help tell the story in more ways than one
Your pictures with your mom show they you too have so much fun
Officer, mother, lieutenant and so much more
Your mom is amazing and there are great things in store
For you, for her and for you family so true
Noah: We are so proud of her and of course you too.
A definite must read for all young children whose parents are in the army and living on base. A definite must read for everyone. I hope that Carol will write more stories about Noah’s life and share them with us. I am sure as he gets older he will have many more stories and experiences to share with other kids. Thanks for asking me to read and review this book.
This book gets : FIVE SPECIAL SALUTES
Fran Lewis: reviewer