|Casey Over There by Staton Rabin and Greg Shed|
Written by Staton Rabin
Illustrated by Greg Shed
Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994
7 and up
Historical, Siblings, War
"When Aubrey was seven, his brother Casey joined the army.
"Aubrey thought Uncle Sam was a little like Santa Claus, only skinnier and taller and not so jolly. He made people think of America, the way Santa reminds people of Christmas. If Uncle Sam wanted you, you went."
Aubrey isn't old enough to go to war, but his older brother Casey answers Uncle Sam's call and enlists in the U.S. Army. Casey goes to France to fight in the Great War "over there" as the song says. Meanwhile, Aubrey is "over here" being a typical boy in early 20th Century Brooklyn and faithfully writing letters to his brother in Europe. When no reply comes, Aubrey writes to Uncle Sam asking for Casey's return, but the letter ends up on President Wilson's desk instead.
What I Love:
Casey Over There is a takes a look at life in New York during the war years and gives a glimpse into the hardships of the soldiers in the trenches. The use of letters sprinkled throughout the text makes the story very personal. The author skillfully weaves historical detail into the lives of the boys, and even teaches us a bit about our 28th president. The gentle storyline and young narrator's perspective make this book very appropriate for young readers. It is sure to generate a host of discussions. Greg Shed's nostalgic paintings bring life to the characters whether they are on patrol in no-man's-land or walking the beach at Coney Island.
|via Martha Stewart|
2. Use the Fun Guide to visit Coney Island today, or take a nostalgic trip at Coney Island History, or the Coney Island Project.
3. Remember our Honored Dead from those in the UK, to the Medal of Honor recipients, to the little known exploits of African American soldiers during the war.
4. Delve into documents from the Great War from the Library of Congress.
5. Celebrate Memorial Day with a red, white and blue parfait, Star-spangled pie, or patriotic fruit kabobs.
6. Look for these other related Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
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