With her daddy gone away, nothing is the same for Ashley. No one sneaks chocolate syrup into her milk, homework is a lot harder, and Christmas does not seem nearly as special. Ashley misses her father terribly but knows that he is gone for an important reason: to protect our country. To stay strong, she holds tight to the secret pledge that they made before her daddy deployed. Whenever she feels sad or scared, she whispers their vow and throws a kiss to the American flag. With this act, Ashley knows that no matter how far away he may be, her daddy is close to her heart.
This moving story reflects on the heroic lives of both soldiers and their families at home. Essential for families with either parent in the military, this book deals with the often conflicting sense of pride and loss with which children of deployed soldiers cope. Ashley’s courage shows readers that no matter the distance, military families remain close in spirit as they protect, honor, and serve their country.
About the Author
Gary Metivier is an award-winning author and journalist. A television-news anchor, he enjoys covering a variety of subjects. The author of Saluting Grandpa: Celebrating Veterans and Honor Flight, Metivier lives in Davenport, Iowa, with his wife, two sons, two dogs, and one pot-bellied pig.
About the Illustrator
Robert Rath is a book designer and illustrator living in Bozeman, Montana. He has worked for companies such as Lucasfilm and the History Channel. Rath previously collaborated with Metivier on Saluting Grandpa: Celebrating Veterans and Honor Flight.
UNTIL DADDY COMES HOME
By Gary Metivier
Illustrated by Robert Rath
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3