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Every American should read this book! Everyone should understand the sacrifices our military, especially our POW’s make for our country. In the book it explains why we have the small white table set alone in military homes, VFW’s and bases around the world. It continues to explain what each item represents. Yes this is a young adult book, maybe 4th grade level. Yet I still believe so many Americans don’t know and need to know!
I have read this story to my 4th and 5th grade TAG students when discussing anything related to the military and veterans. This book displays the wonderful appreciation for all our military men and women and veterans who served through any war years. Their devotion, courage, and love for the USA is commendable. For all those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice, this story displays the respect and admiration for them. May all the future generations be taught this by reading this well explained story!
This book is a must have for anytime, but especially Veteran’s Day. The story-within-a-story, flashback scenes, and explanation of WHY each element is placed on the soldier’s table is so beautiful. The first time I read it, I had so many emotions running through my mind. Any teacher 3rd-6th grade who needs a fantastic mentor text…look into this book for sure.
I ordered this book for a teacher who still reads to her 4th grade class. Since the school cancelled its Veteran's Day program, she wanted the kids to at least be aware of the importance of recognizing our veterans and the significance of the day. I was unaware of this tradition and glad I was able to least bring a little bit of acknowledgment to why the day is celebrated. Hopefully, the kids will now know why too!
I am using this as a reference. Being a member of both the VFW and American Legion, I want to learn about the traditions and the ways to remember our POW/MIA's. There are several different ways to set up a POW/MIA table according to the internet and this is just one way to present it to our youth so they can understand and learn respect for our veterans.
I absolutely loved this book. I had originally heard about it at a conference for history teachers. I had been looking for a kid to teenage friendly book that helped students understand the importance of our military. I read this book to my 6,7,and 8th grade classes, and we were all moved by the story. We set up a table honoring our veterans at our school's Veterans' Day Assembly. I highly recommend this book for teachers or parents who want to educate their kids on a wonderful way to honor and remember our veterans.
This book was written for families with POWs and/or MIAs, but also works for anyone with a loved one serving overseas. It's a tradition celebrated on Veteran's Day. I purchased this book to use for a Children's Story for the Church of the Brethren. As our church believes in Negotiation over Aggression, I needed to modify the symbols, leaving out the lemon, for instance, to make it fit for all the loved ones we've lost over the years. (And I used it as a reference, rather than read it to a group of wiggly kids.) It's a very moving book.