Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

Brave like Me

Academic journal article Journal of Children's Literature

Brave like Me

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Brave Like Me

Kerley, B. (2016). Washington, DC: National Geographic Children's Books, unpaged.

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This National Geographic picturebook documentary pairs award-winning author Barbara Kerley's heartfelt narrativein-verse with compelling photos of U.S. military families stationed all over the world. The combination provides a window into the lived experiences of children with deployed military parents. Kerley assumes the voice of a child in explaining to readers: "When someone is serving their country, far from home, they have to be brave. Their families have to be brave. Even their kids have to be brave. Like me." The narrative and photos illuminate the sense of loneliness and worry that parents' deployment can evoke for children. The comprehensive author's note provides insights into military life for families. …

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