Sammy’s Soldier Helps Children Cope With Deployment: Review & Contest

Sammy’s Soldier is sweet picture book, written to help young children feel more comfortable with the deployment process. You can have a chance to win a signed copy at the end of this post.

As both a trained family counselor and the wife of a former Marine, Ms. White understands how confusing and trying deployments can be for our littlest patriots.

Her book follows Sammy through the preparations leading up to his father’s deployment, some of the activities Sammy and his mother do during the deployment, and then finally the homecoming. Personally, I would have enjoyed seeing a few more pages identifying ways Sammy and his mother pass the deployment.

The naturalistic illustrations and simple text make for an easy and enjoyable read for children, ages 3-8. At the end of the book is a page for the child to draw a picture of his or her own hero.

This picture book is a wonderful starting point for children to discuss deployment with their families, including their feelings about the deployment and also ways they can cope with their emotions positively.

Military life is certainly different from civilian life (in fact, this review was delayed as our final military move ended up taking up more time and energy than I had planned) and Ms. White understands that. Sammy’s Soldier goes a long towards normalizing the deployment experience, making it less threatening and stressful for military children.

This is a great book and I’m hoping to pass it along to someone who can use it. Whether you have a young child who loves a soldier, or you know of a friend who would like the book, or you are a soldier’s angel, it is simple to enter this contest.

As part of the Rocks in My Dryer Fall, Y’all Bloggy Giveaway, I’m hosting a giveaway of a copy of this book, which has been signed by the author.

All you have to do is leave a comment by November 2 and make sure to include an e-mail or website where I can reach you. Your e-mail does not appear publicly but I will be able to view it. I hate spam and will only e-mail you if you win!

Contest Ends: 11:59, November 2 and the winner will be announced on Nov. 3

While you are here, don’t forget to check out my upcoming Military Family Blog Carnivals (with a prize) and the opportunities to Guest Blog.

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62 comments

  1. Linda Moeller says:

    My friend is in Iraq for her second tour. Her daughter is back home. Sad.

  2. Christy says:

    My husband will be back from deployment soon, but there’s another one next year! The book looks interesting.

  3. Terina says:

    after my husband is done with his schooling, we’re pretty sure he’ll be deployed shortly after. i would like to have something to help my kids when the time comes…

  4. angelab says:

    My neighbor across the street has three boys – 12, 8, and 4. Their Dad is in the national guard and will be deploying to Iraq in January. He served in Afghanistan a few years ago when his youngest was just a baby. Maybe this book could help just a little.

  5. shelley says:

    My husband leaves in January for the 3rd time….another year of our children’s lives that he will miss. I’d love this book for my older two kids. Deployments get harder on them every time.

  6. We have a friend that is on his 2nd tour in Iraq. His family has three of 5 children that are 8 and under. This would be great to pass on to his wife.

  7. Qtpies7 says:

    My oldest son will be leaving for the military in August, and my little ones are going to have a hard time, he is their big buddy! I wish this book had been around when my older kids were little and we were in the military. What a great idea for a book.

  8. I know a great military family that could use this book!

  9. Margaret Herrin says:

    What a great idea!

  10. valerie mabrey says:

    This would be a great one for our church since it reach so many kids.

  11. mindi says:

    Another family with a husband deploying in January. We could use something like this!

  12. Amberly says:

    My hubby deploys in 2 months for a 2 yr tour. This would be good for my kids. This would be our 4 th deployment. Count me in

  13. Kimi says:

    Looks like a great book – count me in!

  14. Jennifer says:

    This is a great giveaway, so count me in! Good luck to everyone!

  15. Would be a great addition as we face deployment #3.

  16. Catherine copeland says:

    my son is getting ready to go on is first deployment. This sounds like a book for his little boy

  17. My husband just finished 19 months on Active Duty with the Army – my 5 year old daughter didn’t handle it well at all! I’d love to be able to share this book with one of the many soldiers we know who are deploying!

  18. Angela Willis says:

    I would love to have this book.. it makes me awfully sad but its a great idea and perfect for a little man in my life. :(

  19. Rebecca says:

    My husband has been deployed for about 1 month now. I have a 3 & 1 year old, it sounds like this would be helpful for us. Thanks!

  20. AshleyR says:

    Count me in Please!!

  21. Caryn says:

    This would make a great gift for someone I know.

  22. Cathy says:

    DH got back in February but is leaving again in March. Our children are 7, 3 and 1…this sounds like a great tool!

    Cathy

  23. Kathy Scott says:

    What a great idea. Thanks

  24. Christine says:

    Please enter me. One of my friends daughters could really use this. Thanks

  25. No I am not a military wife, but have a friend who is. She is one of my links on my blog and I want to enter for her. That is great, thanks!

  26. jen says:

    please put me in the draw
    jenmass37[@]gmail[.]com

  27. Susan says:

    My husband deploys next year, and this will be pefect for our 2 year old. Thanks!

  28. Christy says:

    Thanks for the offer. I am a counselor who works w/ military families and will order it if I don’t win…..thanks.

  29. Michelle says:

    My husband is currently deployed, would like the chance to win this for my daughter.

  30. Kristen says:

    I have a friend that this would be perfect for. Her children are struggling with their daddy being gone.

  31. Debby says:

    THis isa great idea! Thank you for offering this book. Count me in!!

    Debby

  32. Desmond says:

    Count me in!

  33. Midge says:

    We are lucky right now dh is home, but who knows the future.

  34. Eden says:

    I would love to win! Please count me in. Thanx! Email is in my profile!

  35. This is fabulous, please count me in. Thanks!

  36. Becky says:

    I would love to win this…my hubs is due to deploy for a year soon….:(

  37. Susan Smoaks says:

    count me in

  38. Meg says:

    Count me in! Thanks!

  39. Meg says:

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  40. Meg says:

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  41. Meg says:

    Count me in! Thanks!

  42. PAMELA HANSEN says:

    enter me please

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  45. Tina Rath says:

    I am an Army wife of 30 years and have taken my children through many deployments of their father. I would love to get this book to share with others here at Ft. Bragg. I think it would be an excellent book to have at the Regiment for all to be able to check out and read.

  46. Tina Rath says:

    I am an Army wife of 30 years and have taken my children through many deployments of their father. I would love to get this book to share with others here at Ft. Bragg. I think it would be an excellent book to have at the Regiment for all to be able to check out and read.

  47. Tina Rath says:

    I am an Army wife of 30 years and have taken my children through many deployments of their father. I would love to get this book to share with others here at Ft. Bragg. I think it would be an excellent book to have at the Regiment for all to be able to check out and read.

  48. LAURA FREICK says:

    The book is an amasing illustration, one that can be easily understood by the readers it is directed towards. I had the chance to share it with a little girl whose father was deployed and like Sammy’s father he has returned home safely. I am loking forward to Sarah’s next book. I am priviledged to be a friend of Sarah’s and she is awesome and loved by everyone who knows her.

  49. LAURA FREICK says:

    The book is an amasing illustration, one that can be easily understood by the readers it is directed towards. I had the chance to share it with a little girl whose father was deployed and like Sammy’s father he has returned home safely. I am loking forward to Sarah’s next book. I am priviledged to be a friend of Sarah’s and she is awesome and loved by everyone who knows her.

  50. LAURA FREICK says:

    The book is an amasing illustration, one that can be easily understood by the readers it is directed towards. I had the chance to share it with a little girl whose father was deployed and like Sammy’s father he has returned home safely. I am loking forward to Sarah’s next book. I am priviledged to be a friend of Sarah’s and she is awesome and loved by everyone who knows her.

  51. Pammy says:

    Please count me in!! Thank you.

  52. Pammy says:

    Please count me in!! Thank you.

  53. Pammy says:

    Please count me in!! Thank you.

  54. Rosanne Morrison says:

    What a great idea. My son has been continually deployed-3 times to Iraq and twice to Asia. It’s been really hard on his 7 year old.

  55. Rosanne Morrison says:

    What a great idea. My son has been continually deployed-3 times to Iraq and twice to Asia. It’s been really hard on his 7 year old.

  56. Rosanne Morrison says:

    What a great idea. My son has been continually deployed-3 times to Iraq and twice to Asia. It’s been really hard on his 7 year old.

  57. Donna Wilde says:

    I would love this for my grandchilden. Their daddy and stepdad may both be heading to Iraq soon.

  58. Donna Wilde says:

    I would love this for my grandchilden. Their daddy and stepdad may both be heading to Iraq soon.

  59. Donna Wilde says:

    I would love this for my grandchilden. Their daddy and stepdad may both be heading to Iraq soon.

  60. OKgirl says:

    Daddy, You’re My Hero! and Mommy, You’re My Hero! were the first children’s books written to help children coping with deployment. There are lots of copy cats since then, but we prefer the original in our house! We bought it when my son was 4 (4 years ago) and he still loves it.

  61. OKgirl says:

    Daddy, You’re My Hero! and Mommy, You’re My Hero! were the first children’s books written to help children coping with deployment. There are lots of copy cats since then, but we prefer the original in our house! We bought it when my son was 4 (4 years ago) and he still loves it.

  62. OKgirl says:

    Daddy, You’re My Hero! and Mommy, You’re My Hero! were the first children’s books written to help children coping with deployment. There are lots of copy cats since then, but we prefer the original in our house! We bought it when my son was 4 (4 years ago) and he still loves it.

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