Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Postcards from a War by Vanita Oelschlager, Mike Blanc (Illustrator)

Title; Postcards from a War
Author; Vanita Oelschlager, Mike Blanc (Illustrator)
Source; NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
Format; eBook
Publisher; Vanita Books
Publication Date; October 1st 2009
Description; Postcards from a War is about a boy whose mother has recently been deployed overseas to a war. His grandfather, who was about the same age when his father left to serve in World War II, helps him understand why she has gone away. He shares with his grandson postcards and letters sent by his father from the Philippines. The grandfather and grandson collaborate on building a scrapbook that will include these, plus the letters and emails and other communications the boy will get from his mother. Postcards is intended for 4-8 year olds, ones who are old enough to understand that a parent in the military may have to go to a dangerous place, but maybe not why. It shows the important intergenerational bonding that families often experience during times of war.

The postcards and letters in the book were received by the author from her father during World War II.(
Goodreads Average Rating; 3.58*s
My Rating; 5*s

My Review; This is a children's book. It tells the story of a boy whose mother has gone to war, to fight. And he doesn't really understand why she has gone, and he's scared that she's going to get hurt.

In the book we see the child voice his concerns to his Grandfather who then shows the boy postcards that he received from his father when his father in World War II.

The postcards are actually genuine, they are the postcards that the author received from their father when he was in the war.

I have never really known anybody that has gone to war. I had a cousin that was in the Navy, but I don't think that he ever went to war. You see, when you don't really know anybody in a war, you don't know what it is like for people who actually have loved ones fighting in current wars. I mean, you hear about these wars, and you worry about the people, but you don't have a personal attachment to that war or the people in the war.

War, it scares me. It should scare everybody. But, it probably scares children more. They don't really know what's going on, they don't know why these people, these countries are fighting. Heck, half of the time I don't know. And it can be especially worrying for a child if one of their parents is in the war. Or anybody else that they know.

This book, I feel like it will help explain a very small bit of war to youngish children. I feel it will also help them understand why somebody would want to fight a war. I would recommend it for children 4-8 like it says. Whether that child has a parent in the war or not because it might help them understand more if their classmate has a parent or relative in the war.

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