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Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Inspired by her own granddaughter Natalie, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, tells a story through a child’s eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world.

When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of her father, but there is nothing to stop her from wishing he was home. Some th
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Nov 11, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it's a powerful reminder that it isn't just soldiers who serve, their whole families do. They all make sacrifices including being away from each other a lot, moving from assignment to assignment with children giving up schools, friends, and time with family in the process. This is a sweet, simple story that illustrates some of those challenges in a way that is appropriate for young children. Colon's beautiful illustrations highlight the text perfectly. The book also inc ...more
Mar 04, 2017 Caleb rated it really liked it
This is a great story to share with a child that has a parent in the military or as a way to teach children about what families who have military members go through. It is a bit disjointed because it covers a significant number of events in Natalie's life while her father is gone, but if an adult is reading it with their child, they can add a lot of depth by explaining each event.
Valerie Jones
Oct 10, 2012 Valerie Jones rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book for children who’s loved one is serving in the military

When a family member is serving in the military, it can be really difficult for children to understand and cope with the loss of a loved one when they must go overseas. In this story, when five-year-old Natalie’s father departs for a year of military service overseas, although she is very proud of her father, she is upset and knows that she will miss him very much.

Natalie finds support and friendship in her school, church, n
Kimberly Walton Mayden
Nov 09, 2013 Kimberly Walton Mayden rated it really liked it
Second lady Jill Biden has written a heart-warming, non-political book honoring the family members of those who serve in our military. Based on her granddaughter Natalie’s own personal experience during her father’s deployment (Biden's own son), this story portrays how a child is impacted when a parent is called to serve our country.

Five-year-old Natalie’s father is deported for a year to serve overseas. She misses him dearly, but is reminded to stay brave for her family members. The sentence “
This picture book, based on the experiences of the author's own grandchild, would be an excellent title to use with children whose parents are in military service. While five-year-old Natalie's father is serving his country, she waits at home for him to return and does her part, drawing strength from the knowledge that she is loved but also missing him desperately and longing for his return. The book depicts perfectly the complicated emotions that swirl through children whose families have been ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Dorlissa rated it it was amazing
This is a picture book about a girl named Natalie whose father is deployed in the military and how she deals with him being gone. I thought that it was a very well done book that other children will be able to relate to and understand what their friends might be going through if they have military parents.

From a text-to-self point of view I can relate to this book because I didn't get to see my dad much for a while in my childhood and I have also had a cousin serve in the military and go oversea
Jan 16, 2013 Romelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is a great book for military kids. It helps them deal with life while their parent is on duty. "Be brave, Natalie" is repeated throughout the story as Natalie goes through her daily activities, missing her dad. Told in 3rd person, this book deals with important issues and is a nice tribute to servicemen and their families. There are also excellent resources in the back of the book:
-Author's note
-About our military
-How you can help
-How to reach our to military children
-Tips for kids
JoEllen Mccarthy
Oct 04, 2012 JoEllen Mccarthy rated it really liked it
I was very moved by this book. The lead hooks you in and stirs emotions. "Does Daddy have to go?" The narrator is a little girl dealing with her father's deployment. Thoughout the text we see her thinking about him: hoping he is safe, talking via Skype, and missing him terribly. I think this is a great resource to share with students, especially those that may relate -due to the sacrifices of loved ones. As the daughter of a Vietnam Vet, I was especially moved by the many resources listed in the ...more
Lydia Moses
I read this book because my brother is in the military and it made me realize I do not have any books about kids who have to deal with parents in the military. This story is about a girl who's father leaves for a year at war. This book gives some creative ideas about how to cope with the missing family member. This book is also written by the Second lady herself, Jill Biden. This could not only tie in with a discussion about history, but it could help student's whose parents have been deployed. ...more
Becca Bolerjack
Sep 15, 2015 Becca Bolerjack rated it it was amazing
This book is the story of a little girl whose daddy has to leave because he is a soldier. It shows how she and her family get through the tough time while he is away and at the end they are reunited. This would be a great book for a child that is going through the same situation in order to help them get through it. It would also be good for students who are not because they would get a better understanding of others they know that are going through it and what our military sacrifices for our co ...more
Emily Hilkemann
Oct 15, 2012 Emily Hilkemann rated it really liked it
Natalie’s daddy has to go off to war, because he is a soldier. While he is gone Natalie has to be very brave, even though she misses him. “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops” is a great reminder to kids what it is like for other kids with parents in the military. I would recommend this for grades kindergarten through fourth. A great activity for a classroom after reading this would be to have the kids write letters or put together care packages to send to soldiers.

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Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I suppose it's a nice little book to read with a small child in a military family, but the story was uneventful. I also found the illustrations to be a little creepy, but I won't reserve judgement because of my taste.

There were some good companion pages, but not enough to redeem the whole book.
Well, the writing isn't the best. But the main part of this book is for its message. And having my own military family member, and having watched his wife and children endure more than one deployment, this book was touching as a remembrance and a reminder.

I'm thinking of having it on display for my Father's Day theme.
Andd Becker
Aug 24, 2012 Andd Becker rated it liked it
Jill Biden's five-year-old granddaughter lives in a military family. Her father has been deployed to Iraq for a year. The text includes repetition of some words encouraging the girl to be brave.
Ideas are presented at the back of the book for how both adults and children can help military children.
Marissa Reyes
Aug 22, 2013 Marissa Reyes rated it it was amazing
The book Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops written by Jill Biden will always be a considered a timeless piece of writing because the branches of service will always exist so the adults and children involved years from now will still feel the sting of deployment and be able to relate to the text. This book was absolutely amazing and I will read it over and over again.
Stormye Hendrix
Feb 07, 2013 Stormye Hendrix rated it it was ok
It's a straight forward story about a young girl dealing with her dad being away in the military. There is nothing especially wonderful about it, but children of military personnel might find it comforting and relatable.
Apr 22, 2013 Meghan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I thought it was a good book. Its intention was to help non military individuals understand what a. child experiences when their parent is deployed, but it can definitely be used by a military family.
Olivia Jackson
This is a wonderful book to keep on the shelf in case you have a students who has a parent in the military. Since this book has a happy ending it would be very appropriate to recommend to an Army child.
May 22, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
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Oct 11, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: continued-ed
Again, a book I was 'assigned' to read. Though a fictional story, I did find some of the information from the author about organizations to help and facts on the percentage of service members. Though I wouldn't likely use this in a storytime setting, I would suggest it to a military family.
Caitlin Hoffer
Jul 13, 2012 Caitlin Hoffer rated it it was amazing
Accidentally almost started crying in B&N. My husband just deployed, and while I don't have kids, one reference to Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros slaughtered me.
Jun 05, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
pleasant illustrations. a very nice way to introduce children to the challenge and bravery needed in loving loved ones in the military and loved ones waiting for their return.
Extremely moving account of one family's experiences while the dad is deployed overseas. Information about supporting military families, particularly children, included in the back matter.
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