Cooper and Me and the Military is a new book in the series, “Cooper and Me.”
Cooper and Me grew out of a young girl’s love of and gift for storytelling and compassion for other kids. The mission of Cooper and Me is to both entertain young children and help them gain emotional resilience as they navigate the challenges of everyday living.
I think the mission is successful with Cooper and Me and the Military.
In the story, we meet Trooper, Cooper’s best friend, and learn how he was adopted by Gracie and Joe and their parents, who both serve in the military. We find out how this family stays close despite being separated by deployment.
Alexa Peters (age 13) was inspired to write a story about family friends who were separated by deployment. She wanted to write this book to help kids process their feelings about loved ones being away from home and honor those in service.
I think it is a great story to help military kids and their friends understand one another. It is hard for non military kids to empathize with their military kid peers. By reading this book, a gap can be bridged.
My boys enjoyed the story very much, especially 7 year old Bob.
Of all my boys, Bob has the hardest time with Horatio’s absence during deployment. While a book isn’t going to cure the sadness, it can certainly help a child understand he is not alone in his seemingly unbearable circumstances.
Our family appreciates having a book like Cooper and Me and the Military to read again and again.
Disclosure: I received this book from the its marketing firm for review. The opinions are mine.