Author: Sandra Miller Linhart
Publisher: LionHeart Group Publishing (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 36 pages
It's Boot's task to take Momma where she's needed, but it's Momma's job to explain why. When Momma puts on her boots, Bean knows it's time to say good-bye, and maybe for a long time. What does Momma do when she goes? Do other mommies wear boots which take them away, too?
Can Bean understand the many things Momma is called to do, why her boots sometimes take her far away, and how a soldier's work is not much different than some other mommies' job.
Being deployed is a fact of life for soldiers of all military branches. Humanitarian efforts, Operations Other than War (OOW), peaceful or wartime missions - a soldier's duty is to be there. Sometimes it means leaving their little ones behind wondering why.
MWSA 2010 Bronze Medal for Children's, Under 12
This is a touching conversation between a mother and child, one that until just a few years ago would never have taken place. In today's military wives and husbands and in many cases both find themselves being deployed, away from their children.
As adults we honestly have emotional issues with separation, it is almost impossible for us to understand the frustration, fear and anxiety a child goes through as to his/her family being torn apart, the parent or parents are suddenly gone from their life.
Thankfully more attention is being given to what happens to children in these situations and Ms. Linhart has written an excellent book I recommend for young children and their parents to share to help prepare them for the mental onslaught they will feel.
In sharing this book and others she has written to help in these situations the child, parent and the military will benefit. Distracted soldiers are poor soldiers, removing or coming to a better understanding will assist the mental preparedness of front line soldiers.
Reviewed by: jim greenwald (2010)