Our Daddy is Invincible
Written by Shannon Maxwell and Illustrated Liza Biggers
Recommended ages 4 to 10
Our Daddy is Invincible is about families who have parents that serve in the military. This book was written by military wife Shannon Maxwell as a way to help her children when her husband was injured. The illustrations were done by Lisa Biggers, the sister of Ethan Biggers, a war hero who was killed in Baghdad in 2007.
Done in comic book fashion the book is immediately relatable to the reader. It is a perfect combination of pictures and facts about what children may face when a parent leaves to serve. By calling them a superhero it is a way to cope, but like all heroes sometimes things can go wrong and even the bravest and strongest people get injured. When the parent returns they may have changed physically and emotionally.
This book filled with multicultural families shows the different ways military heroes may be hurt. It tells about the team of people like doctors and therapists who are available to help their heroes recover. The family may have to adjust to changes, but there is hope. At the end of the book there are stories about real military families who have experienced injuries from war. Children write about their relationships with their parents and how they handle the changes. The website for this book is at http://www.ourdaddyisinvincible.com/
I Have Two Homes
by Marian De Smet and Nynke Talsma
Recommended Ages 2 to 8
At our library the divorce section is used often. I know this is difficult issue for families, especially children. I Have Two Homes is an excellent choice for parents looking to help their children come to terms with such a life-changing event.
It is the story of Nina a little girl who now she has two homes. At first it is hard for her because when she is with her Mom she misses her Dad. When she is with Dad she misses Mom. Daily phone calls from each parent wherever she stays that day are helping. Her parents coming together for important events are another way she feels better. She now knows that though her parents are not happy with each other, they will always be happy with her.
This book is done in soft pastels and drawn with realistic pictures of a family. Nina has rosy cheeks and is very expressive when she is happy or sad. The parents’ faces show their pain in hard times and happiness at being with Nina. This is a wonderful tool to reassure children going through divorce. Things may change with the parents’ relationship, but their love for the child will be a constant. I would definitely recommend this book to my patrons. It is done simply and lovingly portrays that a parent wants their child to feel secure and loved in good times and hard ones.