Love You, Soldier

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Candlewick Press, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 80 pages
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Katie is just seven and her father is leaving, going to fight in a faraway war, and no one knows when he will come home again.

With Papa away, Katie and her mother do the best they can. Katie makes friends with Old Mrs. Leitstein downstairs. Mama's best friend Louise comes to visit, and then to stay, because her husband is fighting in the war, too, and Louise is going to have a baby.

One stormy day while Mama is at work, Louise says the baby is coming, and Katie helps her through the blizzard to the hospital. Mrs. Leitstein and Louise and her new baby come to seem almost like family to Katie. Then one day, a telegram man brings Mama an envelope with stars on it, and life will never be the same.

Through Katie's keen and tender eyes, Amy Hest tells an intensely moving story about the changes war brings to one family.

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User Review  - kerry.wood - LibraryThing

Compelling storyline of a young girl who deals with being separated from her father due to war, death of a loved one, and transitions in life. Highly recommended for those who have experienced or are experiencing a birth, loss, or separation. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An author of both novels and picture books (The Purple Coat, 1986) tells an episodic story with the flavor of autobiography. When Katie is seven, her father goes off to WW II. In the lonely time that ... Read full review

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Amy Hest is the author of many award-winning books for young readers. LOVE YOU, SOLDIER was first published in 1991 to acclaim. It was soon followed by two more books about Katie Roberts. Amy Hest says, "Sometimes when I have trouble writing, I read this book again. It's like an old friend."

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