LETTERS TO A SOLDIER by David Falvey

LETTERS TO A SOLDIER

Age Range: 8 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

For several months in 2008, fourth-grade students in Roslyn, Long Island, wrote letters and sent artwork to Falvey, a platoon leader with a military police detail stationed in Baghdad. The letters were chatty, supportive, thoughtful and sometimes difficult to answer; the artwork, wonderful. Falvey answered every child, and his responses were thoughtfully, clearly and respectfully worded; the personal photos he sent to the class further illuminated his comments. The slim book is handsomely designed, with children’s bright stationery and colorful artwork featured on left-hand pages and Falvey’s e-mails and photographs opposite; childish handwriting and drawings are juxtaposed with more formal type set against camouflaged backgrounds. Questions range in topic from “Why are we fighting for Iraq’s freedom?” to “Do you have any pets?” and are answered with equal care for his audience. Children and adults will come away with a better understanding of life in the military and perhaps of America’s efforts in that region. Happily, Falvey and company returned safely in June 2008, after completing numerous successful combat missions and having sustained no casualties. (Nonfiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5637-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2009