My Air Force Mom
Author: Mary Lee
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 16 pages
A winner in the Children's Fiction Category of the 73rd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, My Air Force Mom is unique. This picture book explores customs and courtesies of military culture through a child's eyes. Author Mary Lee takes your child along with her fictional character Susie on a journey of discovery. From military uniforms through a military child's 'rite of passage' full circle to Susie's development of a sense of pride and patriotism in our country. My Air Force Mom shows children that the military offers careers to women as well as men. It gives military moms and dads a book to help their young children begin to understand military life. My Air Force Mom gives civilian parents a tool to explain mysteries of military life to their children. Answers to a child's curiosity are found in My Air Force Mom."
Written from the point of view of an eight-year-old girl, this award-winning book depicts family life on a U.S. Air Force Base. Susie tells us, "When I grow up, I want to be in the Air Force just like my mom." She describes her mother's uniform, ribbons, ID card, and the meaning of the military salute. She is proud of her mother and, therefore, has decided to join the Air Force when she grows up. Ten pages in all, this is a quick read for children with colorful illustrations to hold attention. Military libraries with children's collections should acquire. Buyers of the book can also get a free audio book download from the publisher's web site.
Reviewed by: Richard Barone (2010)