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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Daddy is a Soldier by Anne M. Stratford

My Daddy is a Soldier, by Anne M. Stratford

I definitely have a heart for our military families.  They make sacrifices on a daily basis that most of us cannot imagine.  While my husband's cousin was serving his most recent of multiple deployments to Iraq, his wife's grandfather died, his son graduated, and his family endured a gas leak at their residence.  Throughout all of these major events, he couldn't just come home and help- he was serving his country.

This isn't an isolated incident- it happens every day.  Wives pick up the pieces while their husbands are gone for months at a time.  Children across the US are without their fathers and mothers who are serving our country.  Yet many of us don't stop to consider how life-altering a parent being gone can really be to a child.

Anne M. Stratford has written a beautiful book to help the children of our soldiers.

My Daddy is a Soldier is a one-of-a-kind, heart tugging book that is beautifully illustrated, and covers all of the emotions that a child must go through while his or her parent is serving our country.  In the book, the child feels a sense of pride, a great deal of sadness, and shows his bravery while his father is overseas.  The resounding theme throughout, "I CAN DO IT!" help a child to keep his head up while his mother or father are serving our country.

As I read the book to my children, they all had to look "one more time" at all the pictures throughout the book.  It is very well illustrated- the pictures are wonderful.  Like many children's books, the pages rhyme, helping to keep the child's attention. 

About the Author
Anne M. Stratford had a successful sales career, and finally left it at the age of 41 to pursue her life-long dream of writing children's books.  This is the first of what I hope to be MANY that she will write!  We truly enjoyed this book.

How to purchase this book
This book retails for $17.99, and exceptional value considering the detail of this hard bound book.  You can buy it HERE for the special child in your life!

How to WIN this book
One lucky reader will win a copy through Mingle Over Mocha!
To enter, please do any or all of the following items. The "Mandatory" item(s) must be completed before getting any additional credits from the "Optional for Extra Credit" section.


• Visit Anne M. Stratford's site by clicking HERE, and leave a comment (BE SURE to include your email address in case you win!!  Sometimes, people never get their prize, because I can't find their email address!!) telling me what you love the most!

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• Email this contest out to your friends, and copy me on it at vaagen@bellsouth.net  
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The winner will be chosen by random drawing on http://www.random.org/integers/ on Saturday, June 19th at 6pm... Just in time for FATHER'S DAY!! Good luck!

Thank you to Anne M. Stratford for donating the free copy of her book for my review!! I was not compensated monetarily for this review, or for any reviews or giveaways on my blog site. All reviews are provided after I receive a free or donated product from the publisher, manufacturer, or PR company. Reviews are written from an unbiased point of view. Only business relationships exist with those who provide products for review. The Author of Mingle Over Mocha is not responsible for your difference in opinion or happiness with this product, or your safety when using this product.


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