Almost two million children have a parent in the United States military. These children tend to be young. The latest statistics from 2011 show that two thirds of them are under eleven years old and almost forty percent under the age of five. Many children’s books are being published which deal with some of their unique issues, such as constant relocations, parental absence, along with parental deployment and danger. Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You is a warm book that is aimed at military children. The richly painted double page spreads each show a different child eating, waking up, reading or having a birthday party – going about their daily lives. On the other side of the spread the military parent is shown in many situations, like delivering disaster relief, on a ship or in the desert, but always thinking of their child. All these parents and children share their military service, but also share being apart. Long family separations can be a fact of military life, whether the parent is deployed to war or another base, on a ship, or just working long hours. Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You can give a military child a sense of connection and normalcy as it explains in simple terms why the parent is away “protecting our country is my way of watching over you” and acknowledges the loss inherent in being a military family “there’s so much about you I’ve had to miss”.
This book includes a notes page called “Roll Call” to record who read the book with a child and a world map to record where the parent and child are currently located.
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