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“Mommy, why does daddy have to work for so long? Why can’t he come back?”
A lump caught in my throat as I bit my lip to fight the tears that threatened to spill out. There was no denying it had been a rough day for us. Daddy was already gone for several months, and we were still waiting for the end to be in sight. That day was particularly rough for all of us, and my 3-year old son was just expressing his desire for daddy to return from deployment.
He didn’t understand why daddy had to be gone for so long.
I continued to stroke his hair while his head laid in my lap.
“Daddy just has a very special job, buddy, and he can’t come home until it’s finished. But, I know he thinks about you every single day and he can’t wait to give you a great big bear hug!”
“Yeah,” he smiled. I could still hear the pain in his voice.
Days later, we received the book, Goodnight Marines. The boys and I instantly fell in love with it! It is a perfect read for children of Marines, and now my children get to read it with daddy who has recently returned from deployment!
It teaches Marine Corps history.
From historical figures and famous battles to the beginnings of the Marine Corps, Goodnight Marines incorporates Marine Corps history in a fun and entertaining way. In addition to all of this, a 5-page glossary can be found in the back of the book, which explains in more detail every Marine Corps related item that is mentioned. If your child has questions about anything in the book, the answer can be found in the glossary. This is probably one of my favorite parts of the book!
It describes various aspects of the Marine Corps.
The author, David Dixon, creatively weaves various aspects of the Marine Corps, including descriptions of what they wear, the Marine Corps symbol, the mascot, and the different jobs within the branch.
It allows a sense of pride.
Without giving away too much, I will say that this book does a good job of promoting a sense of pride for the Marines in the Corps. It provides a little more understanding of what our men in uniform do, so that children can feel a sense of safety when struggling with why mommy or daddy are not able to be home.
It is easy to read.
Written in a poetic style and only one or two sentences per page, Goodnight Marines is great for any child of reading age.
It has excellent illustrations.
The illustrator of the book is Phil Jones, a man who worked as an artist for 30 years for Disney. Each picture is colorful, fun, and unique!
The author is a Marine and award-winning author.
David Dixon is a Major in the Marine Corps and is an AH-1W Cobra helicopter pilot and an Iraq War Veteran. He also won the Robert A. Gannon award for his excellent poetry in his book, Call in the Air.
More about the author and illustrator can be found in the back of the book, as well. In addition to all of this, it has recently become a best seller!
Overall, our family loves this book, and I personally think it is a wonderful tool for children of United States Marines! It also makes a great gift for Christmas or for families with deployed Marines.
If that isn’t awesome enough, Major David Dixon is giving away one copy of Goodnight Marines to a lucky winner! You can enter the giveaway in the rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends at midnight on Saturday, November 5!