Monday, February 6, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Cooper and Me and the Military

A couple of months ago, I reviewed a book called Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure.  My kids really enjoyed that, so when Cooper and Me and the Military by Monique and Alexa Peters was offered, I jumped at the chance.

Especially because -- while my kids don't have to worry about their parents being deployed, living in the Colorado Springs area, that is a situation many of their friends have or will face.

From the publisher:
Meet Trooper, Cooper’s best friend, and learn how he was adopted by Gracie and Joe and their parents, who both serve in the military. Find out how this family stays close despite being separated.

A must-read during patriotic holidays and for anyone with friends and family in the military, this book helps children know, that even when loved ones aren’t with us, they still love us and think about us. This book, along with all the other books in the Cooper and     Me series, includes these interactive features:
        •    A Special Memory Creation
        •    Life Lesson
        •    Connections
        •    Learning Together

In addition to a fun adventure, each Cooper and Me story teaches an important Life Lesson and features interactive materials at the back of the book to drive the message home.  Included are activities that help children name and process their own feelings about what they’ve read.
This book is cute, and great for young children.  The discussion of military deployment is done in a way that is appropriate for littles, and the illustrations are adorable.

I really appreciated the "form letter" at the back of the book to give children a way to write a letter to a soldier, along with ideas as to how to go about doing that.  I know my kids freeze up when faced with a big empty page, so just getting a start would make all the difference in the world.

I think this book would be perfect for a child whose friend's parent is being deployed, as it would be a great way to talk about what is going on.  I'm sure it would be great for the children who have parents leaving too!

And I have one to give away! 

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Cristi said...

Lauren doesn't remember her dad's last deployment, and I don't know that she understands exactly what we're talking about when we say "so-and-so" deployed. I also have a lot of military friends that I could loan this book to.

Tess said...

What would I do with it? It's a book. I'd read it :P Ok seriously, I would read it to my daughter and show her pictures of her dad when he was in the military. Dad is a civilian now but the military is still a big part of our life.