When D is For Deployed

Children - Social Issues
36 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2022
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Author Biography

Eleanor Alspaugh is currently an author and part-time photographer. Raised in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Shippensburg University and has been a long-time resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she resides with her husband Stephen and family. Formerly an Assistant Vice President, she somehow found time to capture in writing some of the antics of raising her three kids and experiencing life as a working wife and mother. The award-winning book called The Mommy-Go-Round is the result and is a humorous and heartwarming account of motherhood, childhood and everything in between. Eleanor most recently published a children’s book called When D is For Deployed. Readers’ Favorite review also awarded this book a perfect 5-star rating! Eleanor has also written a soon to be published book called The Heart of a Soldier which is centered primarily around her Father’s World War 2 experiences as a soldier as written in his letters home to her mother. The letters share his life as a soldier as well as his love for her mother and their hopes for a future together. The book also includes Eleanor’s reflective thoughts and feelings and touches on select events occurring during the war as well as what his outfit, The Sixth Armored Division, also known as the Super Sixth, was experiencing as the letters were being written. Eleanor looks forward to spending more time writing a sequel to The Mommy-Go-Round once The Heart of a Soldier is published.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

It’s never easy to have one of your parents sent overseas. When you’re young, you want your family close. But those who work in the military, both men and women, have to accept assignments far from home. That’s what it means to be deployed. One small girl is learning what it means for her daddy to be deployed. She can only see her daddy on the tiny screen of her mama’s phone. Through phone conversations, father and daughter try to keep the connection, but the excitement of welcoming her daddy home is slightly overshadowed by the fact that suddenly he looks so much bigger than his image on the phone. With patience, the two resume their father-daughter loving relationship.

Eleanor D. Alspaugh’s picture book story, When D is For Deployed, is a touching look at military family life from a young child’s perspective. The author follows a young girl as she carries on with her life with her mama during her daddy’s deployment and the two share stories and special times over the phone, the lasting bond of love creatively being held together. There are lots of colorful photographs to help document the story and the simple language makes it easy for an early young reader to follow along. This is a touching story that will introduce the difficulties young military children face when one of their parents is deployed. Not only will military children appreciate the sentiments in this story, but non-military children will also learn what it’s like to have an absent parent for long periods of time. Beautiful and heartwarming story.