I recently received a message from author Kristin Ayyar about reviewing her book, Countdown 'Til Daddy Comes Home. I was instantly interested, of course. I love children's books and have a special affection for books that help military kids. I quickly received her book in the mail and immediately loved the look of it.
The illustrations are just precious and perfect for your youngest kids. Kudos to illustrator Melissa Bailey for creating such a sweet portrait of family and togetherness.
The story itself is both realistic for kids whose parents must travel for extended periods of time and positive in how those challenges are portrayed. It focuses on encouragement and solutions, which I absolutely love. It contains a variety of concrete ideas for families to implement to make separations a little easier.
"During our countdown, Nana visits more and we plan cool things to make the time go by faster."One huge plus for this book is that it relates to all children who have a dad who travels. It's equally applicable to military families as well as families who experience business-related travel. Another bonus is the list of Discussion Questions at the end of the book which allows anyone reading the book to talk with a child about how the separation might be affecting them. Another favorite is the clever addition of "Four Ways to Countdown" ideas for helping kids cope with the time their parent will be away.
The book is geared for younger children but is a great addition to any family's library, especially those who have business travel, military or otherwise, in their future.
To read more about the book, go to www.daddycountdown.com.
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