Zooey and Her Soldier, by Andrea Kelly
Zooey’s best friend, Doug, is in The National Guard. Sometimes he has to go away for a little while. When he’s gone, Zooey misses him a lot. She can’t wait for him to get back! But Zooey’s about to discover something – something that will make the wait much, much easier!
Zooey and Her Soldier is a great book for children dealing with a parent or family member in the Armed Forces, (or even one who has to travel a lot!). As tough as those moments are for parents, they are often even harder on the children, especially those that are still too young to understand the entire concept. Zooey is a positive and relatable character for young kids, who has a helpful idea on how to feel closer to the ones you love, even while they are far away!
Ideal for bedtime stories and new readers – an enjoyable book for young and old alike!
What I thought:
An adorable book that you should add to the collection of a military child. We have several books in our collection and this is one. It is a sweet and simple book; and it would be really good for a child that is just beginning to read. With darling illustrations and adorable kitty as the main character, I think most little children would really like this book. Zooey and Her Soldier is perfect for ages 3 or 4 and below. It is short and sweet, and could keep the attention of my daughter. She responded to the story and thought Zooey was cute. My son listened but was not quite as interested in my daughter. They both were able to relate Zooey being sad and missing her soldier (Like Daddy) when he was gone and were very excited when he returned home to them. I personally appreciated the sweet simplicity of this book. It is really aimed directly at relating to children in the desire for them to completely be able to understand and relate. It would have been a really good tool for me to use in talking with my children the first time my husband went away.
I received a copy of this book in cooperation with the Author. I was given a book to aid in my review but was not compensated for a positive review. The reviews and opinions stated here are my own…and my kids’ of course.