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.
Wilfred Bauknight sent home many letters and postcards that included his illustrations while on active duty in the Philippines in 1945-6. Wilfred was an engineer, skilled in draftsmanship. The illustrations he included with his correspondence look like they were “engineered” – a lot of detail!
My thoughts on this children’s book: Postcards from a War is a beautifully crafted children’s book. It is filled with lovely, sober sepia-coloured illustrations, giving the book an overall old-fashioned, elegant look and feel.
It offers some very helpful material to use if you need to talk to children about their parents who’ve gone to war. How to deal with their anxiety, fear and sorrow? How to soothe them when they worry about their parents’ safety overseas? I thought the collection of letters, drawings and souvenirs was a fabulous way to try and maintain some level of family life despite the distance. It also makes for an incredible keepsake.
I am sure that children will benefit from reading this book as they won’t feel alone. They’ll know that generations after generations, lots of children like them have had to go through a similar experience, and still do.
This touching book also conveys a beautiful message about peace and the future.
My score: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥