Good Morning, Everyone!
It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday…and it’s the front end of a long weekend (at least here in the US)… and it’s the psychological beginning of summer (which technically goes from June 21 – September 21, but really seems to be more measured by Memorial Day to Labor Day! 🙂 ) So that’s a pretty extra-special good Friday, wouldn’t you say? 🙂
Since it’s Memorial Day weekend, my choice for today is on a more serious topic, but the book is well written – on a level that kids can understand and appreciate without it being scary/upsetting in any way – and I hope you’ll enjoy it and find it a useful addition to your libraries.
Title: Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between A Soldier And His Service Dog
Written By: Luis Carlos Montalvan & Bret Witter
Photographs By: Dan Dion
Roaring Brook Press, May 2014, Nonfiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: service/therapy animals, military life, photographic book, love, nonfiction
Opening: “In the morning, every morning, my friend Luis wakes up to . . . this.”
Brief Synopsis: After tours in Iraq left him wounded and distressed, Captain Luis Montalvan returned home to a life he was no longer comfortable living. He reached a point where he was afraid to leave his apartment. But a service dog named Tuesday changed everything for him. Tuesday helps Luis with daily tasks, and he calms and comforts Luis by always being there for him. Tuesday has made it possible for Luis to live a rewarding life.
Links To Resources: Facts About Service Dogs for Kids; Wayside Elementary Schools Special Needs Awareness Program (SNAP) (video); discuss how animals make you feel and what they do for you; discuss whether you have veterans in your family, or members of your family currently serving in the armed forces – how does that make you feel?
Why I Like This Book: Every day, men and women risk their lives overseas for our freedom and way of life. When they return home, it is often difficult to readjust, and to carry on with a life so at odds with what they’ve seen and survived. This book gives kids a glimpse of the difficulties a soldier might face upon coming home at an appropriate and accessible level. It also shows how the love and care of a therapy animal has the power to change a life. It’s written from the point of view of the dog, which makes it friendly and non-threatening. For kids who have a relative or family friend who is a veteran, this book could be very helpful in understanding what they might be going through and in opening a discussion. For any child, this book can encourage empathy and understanding.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂