Author: Monique and Alexa Peters
Web Site: www.cooperandme.com
Ages: Preschool to early elementary
Cooper and Me and the Military is an adorable book about children whose parents are in the military and deployed. Through simple rhyme, the story shows what it is like to be a child staying behind while mom and dad serve our country. Additionally, the book shows an upbeat way that children can reach out to loved ones deployed and let them know they are thinking of them.
I come from a family with military background; however, I’ve never had to have a parent deployed. I can only imagine this is a very scary time for a child. This book through not only the verse but heartwarming illustration helps relate to those children and provide a way for friends to understand what they are going through: a great story for young grade school and preschool aged children.
I have several friends who have children of their own in the military or deployed. Younger siblings would get a lot from reading this book as well.
Not only is the book great, but they take the experience a step further by offering interactive features including a special memory creation, life lesson, connections and learning together. You can download a Cooper and Me Parent Reading Guide on the website to supplement the activities provided in the book. The memory creation is a scripted fill-in-the-blank letter to that special someone overseas. Not only will a child feel good sending the card, but it most certainly will warm the heart of the one receiving it.
When you are done with this book, you can hop on the Cooperandme.com website and download fun activity and coloring pages to complete with your child.
The Cooper and Me series was started by a mother/daughter team. Per their web site:
Explore life along with Cooper, a fun-loving black Labrador Retriever, whose entertaining adventures help kids navigate the emotions and challenges of everyday living. Created by mother-daughter team Monique and Alexa Peters and inspired by their real-life family dog, Cooper and Me provides adults and children with opportunities for meaningful conversation and tools for constructive problem-solving. Kids will laugh at Cooper’s antics, and adults will appreciate the resilience nurtured in their children.
Cooper and Me can be found at the following:
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If you have a young person struggling with having a loved one in the military and possibly overseas, then this book would be a welcome gift. I wish I could give all military youngsters one.
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