A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will learn about the duties of various women in the military.
Working moms, specifically military moms who may spend long periods of time away from their families, are doing important work that makes a difference.
Positive Role Models
Hero Mom shows a variety of military moms doing all sorts of jobs that are difficult, valuable, and important and shows them being good at those jobs in a way that deserves respect.
Violence & Scariness
All the depictions in Hero Mom are positive, but the subject itself -- separation of parent and child -- could be upsetting to some kids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hero Mom is a picture book geared toward the children of enlisted servicewomen who are absent due to deployment. Though it portrays them in a positive light as soldiers who do important, difficult jobs, the subject may be a difficult one for children having trouble adapting to long or frequent separations from mom. There's a companion book, Hero Dad, by the same author and illustrator, Melinda Hardin and Bryan Langdo.
Is It Any Good?
Hero Mom takes a difficult subject -- family separation during deployment -- and presents it as a point of pride for children. Kids can explain to others that their mothers are gone but are doing something extremely important, whether they're transporting cargo, repairing aircraft, or leading a battalion. The book makes a point of showing the way moms who are deployed show love for their children with letters or by email or video chat. And the soft watercolor illustrations give the book an expressive, sentimental feel.
For kids missing their moms overseas, Hero Mom can help instill a sense of pride in their moms' line of work. For parents, this can be a way to broach a tender subject and open up a dialogue about managing the separation.
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