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My daddy was a soldier
Ray, Deborah Kogan, 1940-
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New York : Holiday House, [1990]

While Daddy's away fighting in the Pacific, Jeannie plants a victory garden, collects scrap, and sends letters to her father as she anxiously awaits his return.
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While Daddy's away fighting in the Pacific, Jeannie plants a Victory garden, collects scrap, and sends letters to her father as she anxiously awaits his return.

Author Notes

Born in 1940 in Philadelphia, PA, author and illustrator Deborah Kogan Ray studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

She is the author of eight books and the illustrator of more than 60 books for children.

Among her many awards are the Drexel Citation for Career Distinction in the Field of Books for Children and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Award for Painting.

Her paintings and prints of landscape and nature subjects have been shown in 42 one-person and hundreds of group exhibitions in museums and galleries. They are in private and public collections throughout the world.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. Third-grader Jeannie recounts the ~changes she and her mother witnessed when her father joined the army during World War II. Her mother's new job as a welder at the navy yard, ration books with red and blue stamps, shortages of sugar and coffee, victory gardens, scrap-metal drives, and blackouts all became a way of life. Jeannie shares her loneliness and fears for her father, who served overseas for almost two years. Seeing a friend's brother return with a leg missing only intensifies her worries. Each double-page spread includes a page of text opposite a full-page drawing executed in soft pencil. The gray shades match the tone and quiet courage of the story. Few books on World War II for this age level are available, and this one presents an important page of history from a point of view easily understood by children. Ray's story projects a strong family image during a time of crisis in a detailed, realistic, and heartwarming fashion. --Deborah ~Abbott

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-- A quiet story of reminiscence in which a young Philadelphia girl recalls the years during World War II. Her father leaves home in 1943 to serve in the army, and his letters from training camp and the Pacific mark the passage of time for Jeannie and her mother. During his absence, they experience the war on the home front: the mother works as a welder, and Jeannie helps her class collect scrap metal. Food shortages, victory gardens, blackouts, and gas rationing fill their lives as they share their fears for her father's safety. The book ends with a joyful reunion of the family in the train station following V-J Day. Soft, full-page black-and-white pencil drawings enrich a text filled with descriptions and warm, affectionate dialogue. The book accurately conveys what it was like to be a child in that time of private anxiety and community spirit. Although few children are spontaneously drawn to memoirs, Ray's story, read aloud or discussed, is full of potential for learning and sharing. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.