Boston : Candlewick Press,
IL 5-8, RL 5.4
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did not tell Daddy that he was wrong -- that second grade was half a hallway
and a whole world away from first, that seven was everything six was not,
and that one year was forever.” These are the things with which the
six-year old narrator must deal when her father is drafted and has to go
to Vietnam in 1967. These are some of her worries; along with the
fear of forgetting what the sound of her father’s voice is like, the worry
that even though he is a doctor, “Doctors get hurt, too…bullets and bombs
do not care that you went to medical school,” and the even greater fear
when her father’s letters stop coming and no one seems to know where he
is. This insight into the feelings of love and loss, told in short
poems, lets us into the heart of a family who must deal with the universal
feelings of fear and loss when one of its members must go off to war and
will be gone Almost Forever. (Jane Chinault, South
Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Fiction.
Fathers -- Fiction.
Mother and child -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
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