postcards from a war

Postcards from a War by Vanita Oelschlager.

Postcards from a War is about a boy whose mother has recently been deployed overseas to a war. His grandfather, who was about the same age when his father left to serve in World War II, helps him understand why she has gone away. He shares with his grandson postcards and letters sent by his father from the Philippines. The grandfather and grandson collaborate on building a scrapbook that will include these, plus the letters and emails and other communications the boy will get from his mother. Postcards is intended for 4-8 year olds, ones who are old enough to understand that a parent in the military may have to go to a dangerous place, but maybe not why. It shows the important intergenerational bonding that families often experience during times of war.

The postcards and letters in the book were received by the author from her father during World War II.

3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from net galley.

It was not exactly what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be all postcards sent from someone in a war, I thought it was going to be hard to read because of all the emotions. I was wrong it was a story about how someone went to war with a few postcards. It was nice but not really for me.

Now if you know someone who had gone to war (I do not), especially if you are young and it is a parent or close relative, I think this book would be amazing, it would help you understand what was going on. Possibly help children realise they are not the only one and help them understand why a parent is away so often. It’s a nice idea. For that purpose it is a great book.

Until next time, happy reading bookworms.