A boy waits as a plane arrives.
He searches for one, his special one.
He notices reunions of others, some in uniform, some not.
In an expression that tells it all, the boy’s face lights up and we, the participant in this homecoming, this reunion, know that his special one is in his sight.
A pair of boots and camo pants are in view.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book has very few words. The art tells this story.
With so many parents deployed these days, the children of those parents miss that one and so look forward to their return. This special book honors the families as well as the men and women who serve this country in our armed forces.
As a Navy child, myself, I understand some of what these children go through, although my Daddy did not go off to war during my childhood. He had fought in WWII before my birth. But he was deployed to other duty stations without us. We always looked forward to him coming home, like this young boy.
Greg Ruth wrote about his creation of this book. He felt like he sculpted in the dark and then turned on the light to see what he’d made. His last words in the book are “I hope this book works for you.” He wanted his audience to know he wanted this book to make a difference. I can honestly say, “Mr. Ruth, it works beautifully for me. Thank you.”
Thank you to each of you who protect this country through your service in the armed forces of the United States of America. I wish we did not have to have military defenses, but we do. I am sorry that you have to leave your families to go fight wars. But I am always so grateful to you. I hold you in my prayers. Truly, I do.
Reading Level: 4 – 7 Years
Greg Ruth has illustrated many graphic novels and books for children, including A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade and A Pirate’s Guide to Recess by James Preller. He is also the author/illustrator of The Lost Boy, a New York Times bestseller, as well as Red Kite, Blue Kite. He lives Ashfield, Massachusetts, with his family. You can find his amazingly varied portfolio of illustrations @ http://www.gregthings.com/
- ISBN-13: 9781250055477
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Publication date: 11/4/2014
- Pages: 32
- Product dimensions: 10.30 x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)
Original review was 5-6-2015