Postcards From a War

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This is a lovely book about a boy and his grandfather and their experiences of having a loved one go off to war. Matthew is upset when his mother has to go away and is comforted by his grandfather and the letters he had received from his father who fought in World War II. The author cleverly weaves the story around postcards that she was sent by her own father during WWII and explains the backstory at the end of the book. This would be a great book to help explain to younger children that sometimes people have to go away even if they don't really understand why.
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Postcards from a War was one of the most beautiful children's books I have read. I enjoyed the story and the way it was written to make the concept of war understandable for 4-8-year-olds. 

This is a book that can make having a difficult conversation with a child a little easier, by guiding the discussion and allowing the child to relate and visualize with the characters. This also could be a good picture book to read with kids or students on Veteran's Day. 

The illustrations were mesmerizing and very important to look at as well, especially the postcards.
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Postcards From a War is overall a great book for children of military families. The multigenerational approach is powerfully evocative. The illustrations are beautiful and the colors reflect the tone of the book well. Oelschlager did a great job with this story.
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This book is great for any child who has a family member in the military. The main character talks to his father about his experience having a parent in the military & struggles to understand why his own mother decided to serve in the military. I would include this book in classroom libraries to discuss letter writing, war, and what war/military has changed throughout the years.
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I love this book and will purchase a copy for myself. I loved that the book helps explain to military children that their parent(s) are fighting for a better world for them. I also love that it teaches that just because someone is far away, does not mean that you can't communicate with one another. You can use snail mail to talk with one another or you can use modern technology such as email and phone calls to talk no matter how many miles separate you.
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3.5 stars

Postcards From a War follows the story of a grandfather telling the story of his father who served in WW2 to comfort his grandson whose mother has been deployed into the Air Force. While it discussed the concept of war and the duty of soldiers in a way for young readers to understand, I feel as if it was a bit too simple and dumbed down. I did, however, like the illustrations throughout the book- it brilliantly captured the emotions of the story. Additionally, the author's note was a nice touch, it was so interesting to learn about the people who inspired this book!

*Thank you to NetGalley and Vanita Books publishers for providing a free ARC
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I so dearly loved this book about a young boy worried about his military momma, going off to war with a story told by his grandfather about his own time in the military. 

I think telling this story with the use of postcards is perfect for any military family and what they have to endure when a loved one is sent overseas. You understand the young boy's fears about his mother and I loved how his grandfather showed him, his own postcards he received while his father served overseas. It give them an idea to start this book for his mother to hopefully make the time go by faster. 

It's the perfect book for the little ones to understand what is happening while someone in their family is sent overseas without totally scaring them with the bad stuff that might happen. I come from a long line of family members serving and having those real postcards included just made this book even more perfect and made me tear up a little for what they had to endure during certain times in our history. 

Thank You to Vanita Oelschlager for this awesome book that so deserves to be on all military bases, worldwide!

I voluntarily reviewed this complimentary digital book from Vanita Books via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my very own!
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This was a sweet book, and I especially loved the multigenerational element. I think that this would be a great book for young readers.
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Enjoyed this book. Kept me interested all the way through. Would recommend to a fellow reader.  Love the cover.
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Vanita Oelschlager's Postcards From a War is powerful and emotional. The author does exemplary work with combining images, both photographic and illustrated, with text. There is enough text here to provide challenge and interest for young readers, as well. A polished, professional book that would make a nice addition to classroom and school libraries.
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Received as an electronic ARC from VanitaBooks, LLC via NetGalley. 

While a little wordy in relation to the imagery, I feel like this book really captured the dialogue between a grandfather and his grandson as they discuss having parental figures who are away at war. This is definitely a difficult topic to address with children. I feel like the addition of reproductions of postcards and letters added significantly to the story and made the discussion more real and applicable to all family dynamics. While my library is not able to receive a large number of small publishing house books, I hope this title finds its way in.
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This short book tells the story of Matthew who's mother went to war. His grandpa helps him to understand that: wars happen because of various reasons, that is normal to feel sad and even to cry when you miss your dear ones, to do something creative and useful while waiting for the return of loved ones from where they left.
The book is written as a dialogue between Matthew and his grandfather, and the  Matthew's questions are the questions that every child in the same situation could ask. 
I think this book can be a good start for discussions about war, about dear ones that are far away, about loss of somebody very close.
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Vanita Oelschlager has quickly become an author I have added to my to-read list. This was a beautiful, touching well-written book.
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Postcards from a War is a graphic novel intended to inform young readers about war and the role played by those soldiers whose role is to protect others around the world. I liked the multi-generational approach of a grandfather telling his grandson about how he felt after his father left to serve in WWII. Charmingly illustrated, this book is geared to four- to eight-year-olds who have a parent currently serving in the military.

I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a great book for kids! When parent's leave for deployments it can be really hard to understand, especially when you are not talking to them every day like you are accustomed to.

The postcards that his grandfather shares with him are treasured memories, Before email and cell phones, postcards and letters would be sent back and forth, often taking a very long time to arrive. This was how communication could continue while away during a war.

We read this out loud together and my boys enjoyed the book immensely. They thought it was interesting to learn about the different ways people would keep in touch, especially as they have been through multiple deployments in our home.

Highly recommend this book!
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{My thoughts} – This was a nice book about war and the impact that it can have on children. Many parents don’t realize that when they go off to war the make the children and families worry and hurt for them until the time they come back.

In this book it talks about WWII and another more present time war, but that one isn’t named. It explains the difference in traveling and communication between the two eras. It also helps to make it easier for children to understand that war may not be something that is liked but it is something that is needed.

It is also made clear that those who fight in the war have many different reasons, but mostly because they love their country. Those that love their country will ultimately want to defend it and it’s liberties and that can occur by them helping to fight in the wars.
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Cute little book.  Would not recommend.  The illustrations were good, but this book was lacking something.  I think it needed historical pictures or vintage pictures to go along with the text.
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I always appreciate finding children's books about deployed parents because when I was growing up, I wanted more books to relate to. I would probably recommend this book for kids 8 and up. 

"Postcards From a War" does a good job about talking about the complexities of war in general and the way that people are always hurt by war.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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War is hard enough to understand for adults, what more for the young children that every deployed soldier has to leave behind? When his mom left for the Air Force, Matthew knew it was a necessary thing to do, even though he could hardly comprehend why his mom had to do it. This did not make him any less sad about his mom's absence either. 

He would usually spend his after-school afternoons with his grandpa until his dad picked him up. And it was during one such afternoon that he found a kindred spirit in the old man.

Matthew may still not understand war, but this particularly nostalgic afternoon shared between him and his grandpa, depicted in beautiful illustrations of alternating sepias and full-color, taught him a very valuable lesson: that no stretch of land or sea can ever be greater than a love shared, valued and reciprocated across the miles. ♥
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Thank you Netgalley for the early reading opportunity. 

I didn't originally realize this was a children's book. This is a great story especially for students whose parents are in the military.
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