Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley
Shortly after listening to her share her yearning for her absent father, I discovered this excellent little photo journal for young children, coping with separation due to deployment of a parent.
Readers are introduced to individuals throughout the world who face this challenge. Photos capture the longing for an absent family member. In most photos the children are smiling and in close proximity to nurturing adults. The emphasis is on warm and comforting family relationships.
Large-sized font highlights key words on each page. These bolded words include such concepts as: far away, careful, proud of me, take care of me, friends, pets, and home.
Helpful back matter includes an annotated world map, connecting each image in the book with an individual or family. Back matter also includes information on dealing with separation, children's thoughts on bravery, descriptions of the various overseas assignments, a note for caregivers, additional resources, and suggestions for parents.
A reassuring book for young readers coping with separation from a parent and a welcome addition to home, school, and public libraries.