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Coming Home

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Every day, soldiers leave their families to protect others.
We love them. We miss them when they're gone.
And we want them all to come home.
They are our heroes.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
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Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this nearly wordless picture book, Greg Ruth examines the anticipation and emotions a child feels in the moments preceding and during reuniting with a parent who has been away at war.
Paige Scott
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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1) I love this book, mostly because it is mainly composed of pictures that tell the story of a reunion between many different families. There is a blonde headed boy around 7 years old that stands back and watches through the pictures at an airport. Once the rope is released, and everyone is allowed through, he darts toward the people coming off of the plane. As he is maneuvering through everyone he sees many other happy moments, such as solider touching his wife's pregnant belly for the first ti ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the most highly-charged times of waiting is for the return of loved ones. A hole in the fabric of lives is plainly felt by their absence. Coming Home (Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, November 4, 2014) written and illustrated by Greg Ruth vividly portrays the arrival of soldiers.

My full recommendation:
This (mostly) wordless picture books shows beautiful, heartwarming illustrations of a young boy waiting for a military parent to return from overseas. This is a great book to have in the classroom library, since so many of our students have family members serving in the military.
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Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is the story of a little boy at an airport waiting on someone to return home. He sees everybody else get their hugs, but can't seem to find the person he is looking for. He gets lost in a large crowd surrounded by everybody, but still unable to find who he is looking for until the last couple of pages when he finds his mother who has been deployed for an unknown amount of time.
I really liked this book. It's one of the best military books I've found, and I connected with it almost immediate
Cara Noles
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming Home is about a young boy who is waiting for someone (probably a family member) to get off of the plane and come home. The drawings show everybody eagerly waiting for their military loved ones to greet them. The boy sees loved ones starting to reunite, and gets impatient. Then he finally sees his mom, and he lights up with happiness.
I really enjoyed this sweet story of a boy waiting for him mother to return home. This is a wordless book, so readers have to look at the pictures to reveal
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a family who serves, this is a touching book for so many. I remember hearing my mother's and grandmothers stories of when my grandfather and my Dad were away at see during WWII and Korea. As a young girl waiting on my older brother to come home from Vietnam as the bullets rained down on those helicopters, my brother a gunner aboard the ones evacuating so many the last days.

My other brothers and husband served in times of threatening war, and then during the first desert invasions. My
Megan Rust
This story is told mostly through the pictures. The reader helps write the story as they watch this young man watching and waiting to be reunited with his soldier. This story includes small stories of the other soldiers' families who we see being reunited. With a surprising ending, the reader gains an appreciation for the hardship of war, and the reader recognizes that war effects all types of people.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a simple book with beautiful illustrations. The words are very simple, but when the little boy saw a certain someone get of the airplane the image of him was so happy I nearly teared up. Sweet little book!
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
In a book with few words, I found it odd that there was more than one reference to kissing. This book could have made a very powerful patriotic statement, but it was overshadowed by the juvenile reactions. I know the main character is a kid, but come on.
Lorie Barber
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful almost-wordless picture book perfect as a Veterans Day read aloud.
Randi Kennedy
I expected this to be overly sentimental, but it was surprising and tender and sweet.
Linda Gill
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A boy waits as a plane arrives.
He searches for one, his special one.
He notices reunions of others, some in uniform, some not.
In an expression that tells it all, the boy's face lights up and we, the participant in this homecoming, this reunion, know that his special one is in his sight.
A pair of boots and camo pants are in view.

This beautifully illustrated children's book has very few words. The art tells this story.

With so many parents deployed these days, the children of those parents miss tha
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As a mostly wordless picture book, Greg Ruth really captures the emotion that occurs when a soldier returns, and the waiting, wondering, and anxiety about whether or not they are ok. I would love to read this to a primary classroom around Memorial and Veterans Day, to open a discussion about family and friends that fight for our lives overseas. I love this book because the pictures are so vivid and speak a thousand words.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have a soft spot for stories about our men and women in uniform, so it's not surprising that I loved Coming Home.

Author/Illustrator Greg Ruth sketches out an almost wordless story of a young boy awaiting the homecoming of a loved one in uniform. When the big day arrives, the young boy's hopes and anticipation feels like a lifetime, as he breathlessly with others who are similarly experiencing that same feeling.

Brown's illustrations are spot on, perfectly capturing the sheer exhilaration as th
Emily Pinson
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a little boy who is awaiting his mom's homecoming. He waits and waits until finally, she peers through the crowd and they have a sweet reunion.
I love this book so much. Although there is only one word on each page, there is such a powerful meaning behind each picture.
I would suggest this book to a child in my classroom if his or her mom or dad is deployed. My boyfriend is in the Air Force and when we get married and start having children, I will introduce this book to them if
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every day, soldiers leave their families to protect others.
We love them. We miss them when they're gone.
And we want them all to come home.
They are our heroes.
Xinwen Xu
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book just has a little words but it express a very deep emotion. It attracts me very much. We can understand the plot of the book from illustration. A boy waited for his mother in airport, his mother was a soldier. The boy looked for his mom, we could find that he had not seen his mother for a long time because his eyes were full of expectation and nervous. He went through a lot of people and gradually he become more and more disappointment. This detail was show cleanly in the picture of bo ...more
Sharon Worrell
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book is cleverly written and kudos to the illustrator as the pictures bleed out and carries you on a journey with the child. The cover is hard back with a young boy on the front and part of an aeroplane which causes you to wonder what will happen in this story. Also, the writer sensitively uses one word or phrases to capture your attention on each page. The story begins with a crowded airport, where people are meeting and greeting and the child is looking on. Then, more people are meeting an ...more
Hallema Mitchell
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! This book gave me chills. It evoked emotion and brought up something that not many people talk about. This was a story about a little boy who was at the airport looking for his mother who was returning home from the war. Throughout the story the child is filled with different emotions because he couldn't find her. He saw everyone else being reunited with their loved one but he couldn't seem to find his. Eventually he finds her and is filled with joy. The pictures were reall ...more
A nearly wordless picture book with sparse text about the reunion between soldiers and their families, and one boy's search for his loved one. This book evokes emotion with the anticipation of a reunion. The skillful layout of pictures and text provides a profound experience for the readers. Near the end, we find eight pages of wordless illustrations that give the feel of anxious excitement. The one-word ending caught me by surprise albeit a pleasant and proud moment. You'll just have to read th ...more
Eileen Carter
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this day an age it seems that more and more children have parents who are actively serving in our armed forces overseas. Granted this has been the case for years and years, but now not only are the fathers headed overseas but more often the mothers too. This story is well written with easy to read language that focuses on just that.
When a little boy is at the airport waiting patiently it seems as if he will never find that special person he is waiting for. He sees many other families being re
May 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Love the cover art, but was disappointed to "read" the book and find out it had nothing at all to do with the story. For example, the dog pictured with the boy is indeed in the book, but he doesn't belong with him. While I do love a finely-crafted children's book (especially those with appropriate prose), and even find that wordless books can have their own magic, this mostly wordless book mostly just annoyed me. Instead of getting the intended feelings of the book, I mostly felt concern wonderi ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this book, this book did not show so many words, every page, here is just one words or just said "where is ...?" Every time when the boy saw that every one together with their family or their friends, the boy always show how expected to see his mom, but every time he did not find his mom, he felt really disappointed and upset. Finally, this book showed a happy ending, he found his mother. But when I saw the author's note, I always feel there is a sad truth happen to the author.
In this book, i
Oh, man, is this a moving book. This is another one of those which would be fantastic for preschool or early school-age storytime, but I would not be able to read it out loud without my voice breaking up. I don't even have anyone very close to me serving overseas at the moment, and I'm deeply affected by this book. There aren't many words, and the illustrations, especially the facial expressions of the characters, are perfect. From the moment I saw the main boy's face, I liked him and wanted to ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It had very few words but the pictures are incredibly loud. It follows a young boy as he is waiting for his mom to return from deployment. He watches as families are being reunited all around him and the longer he waits, the more sad he becomes. But then he finally sees his mom and he is filled with joy.

Activity: This book would be great for students who have family members deployed. You could read it in your classroom to maybe make those kids feel supported at school. You cou
Melissa Barbier
This book is a very simplistic way of sharing the main character's feelings while he is waiting and watching for his mom to come home from the war. Its simplicity is heartwarming and very touching. Most of the story is told through the illustrations that take up the entire page with no white space. The boy walks past dogs and husbands and wives reuniting again and feels lost in the huge crowd, starting to panic when he can't find the solider that he is waiting for. Finally he sees her and welcom ...more
Rosa Cline
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
The idea behind this story was a good one, especially for all the solders children that we have now. But the story just didn't do 'it'...the illustrations more than the actual words. It's not bad, but just didn't bring emotion or what I think it should have to me. This story would be great for a small toddler trying to understand about his Mom or Dad coming back from being gone serving our country. The little boy is at the airport and sees all the people waiting on the plane. then everyone findi ...more
Rienne Taylor
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
Coming home is a picture book that tells the story of a boy who is waiting for his father to come home from his deployment. This book once again uses very simple yet powerful pictures to tell this story of the boy and what seems to be a lifetime for his father to return. This book is relatable in a sense that there are many kids whose parents or relatives are in the armed services and have powerful feelings of missing these loved ones. Its heartwarming and detailed enough to be a story that even ...more
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