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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.