Brave Like Me (Hardcover)
When someone is serving our country, far from home, everyone in their family has to be brave. Including -- and sometimes especially -- the kids. This book speaks to all kids in this situation in telling the story of a boy and a girl with parents away on duty. It captures the children's worries, fears, trials, and triumphs while waiting for their parents to return from service. Although the narrative tells one universal tale, the photographs depict multiple perspectives so that every reader has someone they can relate to. In the end, each child finds the strength and patience to endure the wait, showing admirable bravery and inspiring us all. An afterword looks further at the meaning of bravery and offers resources for helping kids deal with transition, deployment, and separation.
About the Author
BARBARA KERLEY is the author of A Cool Drink of Water, which received a starred review by School Library Journal and named "Outstanding Science Trade Book" by the NSTA/CBC, and You and Me Together, named ALA Notable Book. Her third book for National Geographic, A Little Peace, was called "powerful" by School Library Journal and "stunningly beautiful," by the Boston Globe. Also listed by the Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best Book" and a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2008. Other books include Walt Whitman: Words for America, One World, One Day, What to Do About Alice?, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins.
"The ache and loneliness felt when missing a family member on deployment comes through in this photo essay about children of military and government personnel. Kerley gives voice to the children's emotions, as they express fear, resolve to stay positive and strong, and love through simple personal statements matched by crisp, compelling color photography of ethnically diverse service members and their families." -- Kirkus
"Although this book will have special meaning for those children whose parents or caregivers are serving in the military, it’s also a valuable resource for those looking to understand more about the children of military families and their unique needs... An important book for comfort, support, and education." -- Booklist
"In this expansively designed book, the photos tell the stories not only of the deployed mothers and fathers far away but of the frustrations and worries and coping strategies of the children left behind... Children of soldiers might be comforted knowing there are others in the same situation, but all children will have their eyes opened to the challenges families face when one or both parents serve far away from home. " -- The Horn Book