As I mentioned in my Deployment Resources for Kids video, when Bob was deploying last year I was shocked at the complete void of resources for kids whose parents were gone–especially when it came to books!
I was so happy to see our friends at Cooper and Me are helping to solve this problem! Cooper and Me and the Military is about Cooper’s best doggie friend, Trooper. He’s a former military dog who comes to live with two military brats while their parents are deployed. I thought the perspective of two parents being deployed at once was a very interesting one.
The book is fun and was very easy to read aloud. Amber loves it and we’ve been reading it over and over and OVER for bedtime each night! I think we’re both excited to see a military book! This book is great for military kids or non-military families, as it is written from the non-military child’s point of view. It would be great to use for building empathy and understanding-something I think it really needed!
I also loved that there are activities that help children name and process their own feelings about what they’ve read included at the back of the book to help take everything one step further.
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We adore Dr. Seuss at our house. One Fish, Two Fish; The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs in Ham, we have and have read all the classics over and over and over again. I even got the famous “Oh the places you’ll go” as a graduation gift. I can’t believe that I had never read The Lorax before this though!It was the “just right” length for Amber–who at “just turned” four loves longer stories and digging into them. As I was reading it to her and we got to the part where the last Truffula tree falls she looked up at me, genuinely distressed, and said, “Oh but Mommy….that is just SO SAD. WHY did they cut all of the trees down?????”
Wow! What an impact this small story packs! It led us into an in depth discussion of how God gives us all the wonderful things on the earth, and though it’s good to use them, we also need to be careful with them and be sure not to get greedy and use too much–or there won’t be any left at all.
If Tyler had his way he would help “go green” by being a “naked baby” all the time. Anytime I take his clothes off he screams “Naked baby naked baby” and starts giggling hillariously and runs away from me. It’s too funny! The Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers looked especially cute on my “naked baby”. These were the overnight diapers and they couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Now that he’s such a “big kid” he sleeps for LONG stretches and has been starting to soak through his regular diapers (yucko). These worked great and there were no leaks (along with being so cute and having The Lorax pics on them).
You might remember our introduction to Cooper back in October. Amber was *thrilled* when he appeared again under our Christmas tree! The book Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure has become a bit hit–with both of us this time! This book is more focused on Cooper playing with his puppy friends and what happens when a winter storm strikes. The rhythm of the book flows much better, rhymes well, and is a great read aloud story. The storyline is more fully developed as well and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the book! Like the first book Amber was enamored with Cooper and had fun meeting his friends as well. This is a book that any dog lover will enjoy sharing with their children. It’s not focused on Christmas so can be used all winter long. You can purchase the book on the Cooper Website Here $1 of every Winter Adventure book sold will go to advance research & treatment of pancreatic cancer, via the Lustgarten Foundation. Be sure to “like” Cooper on Facebook here and Follow on Twitter here as well!
With his new job Bob has to be gone a lot. I knew it would have to come at some point, he is in the military after all, but playing “single mom” with a toddler and a newborn is proving to be a little tricky! I also knew it would be hard on Amber to have Daddy gone working all the time when she’s so used to having him at home. When I got the chance to pick a love2read book out to create and review I knew the My daddy… one would be just perfect for us!!!! Each page begins with My daddy… but I was able to completely personalize it with my own pictures and the rest of the sentence. I love how it turned out and Amber does too. Plus I think it made my husband feel really special when I showed him the book we made where he’s the star! The quality is great and the pages are made of thick glossy card stock so they’re easy for Amber to turn and won’t wrinkle easily. These books are super affordable too! I’ve already recommended them to several friends after getting mine in and definitely plan on purchasing more in the future! With tons of different themes there are so many different books you can create!
To show you how amazing this little book is here is a video of Amber “reading” it with me!
Love2Read Book Review
6/19/2014 Update — so now many years later this little book is still one of our favorites! Amber (who is now 6) read it to us last night and it makes a perfect “early reader” book. She loved giggling over the old pictures and she found the page where “you and Daddy are in loooooove” to be especially giggle worthy. So happy we have this book and now I’m inspired to go make a few for Tyler!