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Postcards from a War by Vanita Oelschlager
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Aug 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s, e-book, netgalley

Beautiful illustrations.

This is a beautifully authentic book. It contains genuine postcards sent by the author's father duing WWII while he was serving in the Philippines. Many of these postcards were illustrated and these illustrations now adorn this beautiful book. Mike Blanc has digitally enhanced these images, sepia for the Grandfather's recollections and coloured for the present. There are also photographs and some of the original line drawings.

Matthew, the young boy in the book, is confused as to where his mother has gone. She is in the Air Force and has been called to active duty. Matthew spends his afternoons with his Grandfather until his Dad can collect him from work.
Mathew's Grandfather helps him to deal with his feelings of loss, loneliness and sadness. He shares the letters and postcards that he himself had received from his father during WWII.
Together they make a scrap book incorporating the memorabilia that the Grandfather has kept and the e mails and pictures sent by Matthew's mother.

The book explaines a few of the reasons for war and suggests that the youngsters of today should strive towards peace and alternative resolution of international disputes.
Targetted at 4 to 8 year olds, this is a book to share as it will need some aditional support from a caring adult.
An invaluable resource for children from military familes and their friends.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go to The Fisher House Foundation, providing help for military families.

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