Kristen Zajac’s latest book, Chasing the Spirit of Service, is a great way to honor military families around the world.
Emma comes from three generations of Air Force pilots. She is proud of what her daddy does, but she misses him while he’s away. When her best friend, Adam, tries to cheer her up, she doesn’t act very kindly toward him. After long talks with their parents and a story from Emma’s great grandfather, both children find a way to appreciate the spirit of service.
Like Zajac’s first book, Ebeneezer’s Cousin, her latest release pays tribute to military families. Having a brother who is currently serving in Afghanistan, I appreciate Emma’s struggles to accept that her Daddy’s job takes him away so often and puts him in harm’s way.
What is so wonderful about Chasing the Spirit of Service is that it gently teaches how important it is to appreciate our servicemen and women, while it also shares some history of racial prejudice. Emma’s great-grandfather was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African American airmen in the U.S. Military. As he explains, not everyone in the military accepted them. And as Adam says, “That’s terrible.”
Zajac has a style that makes you feel like you’re sitting down together reading stories aloud, which would be a great way to share Chasing the Spirit of Service with your 4- to 8-year-old.
The illustrations by artist Julie Tucker are outstanding. They are so detailed, you feel like you could almost touch the hair and skin of the characters. From sharing banana splits in the ice cream shop to Emma snuggling in her mother’s lap, Tucker’s artwork brings this story to life in a special way.
A beautiful story that will touch your heart can be found in Chasing the Spirit of Service by Kristen Zajac.
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