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Americas White Table

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Illustrated by Mike Benny

The White Table is set in many mess halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit.

As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the s

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Sleeping Bear Press
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Emily W
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is very eye opening as to what veterans and their families go through. Not only does it give you an insight to what happened during world war two but it is a quick read with a higher reading level. This book overall evokes a lot of feelings through the wonderful description and experiences the author uses.
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A great book for really anyone to read who wants to learn more about the White Table tradition/honor for Veteran's Day. It may be a picture book, and those are commonly associated with only kids, but this could be helpful and enjoyed by whoever. I enjoyed the writing in this book and all of the symbolism that was consistently used throughout the story. ...more
Kaitlyn Roberts
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This book made me see Veterans in a new way. I didn't know that Veterans had this table to represent their hard work and dedication to their service. It also gives you a insight on what happened in the book, it had a lot of imagery in the book, even without the pictures. ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, touching story about a tradition that honors all those who serve our country. It is a fitting read for Veteran's Day and a title that should be shared with children throughout the country. ...more
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We got to our Memorial day books a little late this year, but is there really an off-season for learning about and celebrating the men and women who give of themselves for their country? This was a new read for me, and I didn’t realize until just now as I was updating goodreads that this is the same author as another favorite book: Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot. Looking at her other books, I can see we have more reading to do. Not only was the book new to me, but so was the tradition of the w ...more
Joanne Roberts
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent subject matter. Excellent backmatter. Great connection from the author to the reader. Worthy of attention even though the text could have been much more interesting, the story less predictable. The art was very painterly. Would have liked to see more kid-friendly illustrations. Definitely read America's white table and pass it on to others. Can't believe I had never heard of this tradition before. Should be read in every school. ...more
Joyce Yattoni
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful picture book about the "White Table" symbolism/ceremony which honors all those servicemen across all branches of the military who have gone missing or were held captive and never made it back for chow. I recently just learned of this tradition/ceremony. My heartfelt thanks to all the brave servicemen who have and are willing to sacrifice for us. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
For Veterans and Memorial Day or even MIA/POW day on 3rd Friday in September. This one might work for my 2nd-4th graders. A bit too long and detailed for K-1. Illustrations are muted and okay. Really wish they had worked a boy into the family dynamics.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EVERYONE should read this book, and know the sacrifices out veterans make so we can be free. They should know what the white table represents. Yea this is for children, but let me tel you, it still hits home!
Beautiful story explaining the meaning of the white table and the symbolism to honor POWs and MIAs soldiers. Read to prepare for Memorial Day 2021.

"You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains."
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great class read for the week of Veteran's Day ...more
Margaret Boling
11/10/2017 ** Evocative and heart-wrenching. Try reading it aloud during a live broadcast to 520 elementary students.
Susan Krafcheck
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyone should honor their Veterans. This picture book explains to children the history and significance of the table setting for no soldier. The POW, MIA, or even the fallen soldiers.
Dawn Fielder
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book not only does a good job talking about remembrance of fallen veterans, but also explains what a symbol is.
Ms. Tongate, TLC Librarian
A Veterans Day/Memorial Day must read-aloud for all ages every year. Incredible picture book and an excellent gift book. #YouAreNotForgotten
Lisa Houston
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love, love, love this book! A great story about veterans that lost their lives for our freedoms.
Jessica Evans
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is a compilation of many service stories of POW during the Vietnam War. This book represents every branch of the military. Please take a look at this book and never forget.
Rebecca Caufman
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moving story perfect for Veterans Day about how a family honored one of their loved ones on the holiday.
Sara Jordahl
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A cute children's book that was always sitting at the "Little White Table " at the VFW I work at. It's a good book to get kids informed/interested. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great style, last night was a military story time. great illustrations. well done. fun, check it out!
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very well written children’s book about the White Table.
Katie Luder
Beautiful story. May read it to my older students for Veteran's Day. Pictures are simple, but beautiful. Will see how kids respond to it. ...more
Clare D
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-reading
A book to give you goosebumps about our soldiers and the loyalty! I want this for our grade school library to ready on Veterans Day!
Margaret Chind
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Beautiful Feet Books Memorial Day
I'm looking and pre-reading books recommended by Beautiful Feet Books Memorial Day Pack and found this one available through Kindle Unlimited (not Kindle Freetime Unlimited). I read it through the Kindle Cloud Reader in my browser. Through the whole thing, I only noticed a handful of pictures/illustrations, so I cannot really comment on those very much, I felt that there should have been more and I'm curious if in the picture book version there would be more than what was in the Kindle eBook. Th ...more
Nicole Scheu
Summary: This is a historical fiction story where a little white table symbolically represents the fallen,missing, and captive soldiers and remembrance and honor of those who serve in our Armed Forces to protect our freedom. This is an excellent book for Veteran's day.

Characteristics that support the genre: The story details accounts of what happened in the past during the Vietnam War. It could represent any war and the feelings of our country men and women.

Mentor writing traits:
Ideas-The aut
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this to a group of students and I found it perfect to illustrate to young ones the meaning behind Veterans Day!
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Grade level: 2-4
Personal Response: Many children today do not know there are still service people missing from all wars, not just the Vietnam War. This book is a remembrance to those POW/MIAs still missing and unaccounted for. It also gives hope to the families who wait. The little white table meant even more to Katie. She is the one who wrote this story for all Americans who proudly serve their country.
Evaluation: The entire book jacket illustrates the white table with its symbolic items: the l
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
A mother explains to her daughter that the small table, set for one, that will sit empty during their Thanksgiving celebration is in honor of American soldiers who gave their lives serving their country. The tale explains each part of the place setting, from the size of the table to the black napkin, the red rose, to the lemon slice and salt on the white plate. Each symbol recognizes another aspect of sacrifice. While not of literary excellence, this volume explains the holiday in touching terms ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This outstanding book was first introduced to me when I was subbing for a friend in her elementary library. As I read it I realized it was a picture book for all ages.

The focus of the book is about celebrating Veteran's Day by setting "the little white table." I am not sure of its accuracy (meaning if anyone else sits a white table) but the images and sentiment are so vivid.

A must read for everyone!
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