When Jake's teacher assigns a "career" project, Jake decides he wants to be a soldier in the United States Army. Jake and his father visit an Army surplus store to find items he can use to present his project. As they search the store, each item makes the history and proud spirit of the U.S. Army come to life for Jake and readers alike. Through Jake's discoveries, readers are introduced to the history of the U.S. Army, what soldiers' duties include, and the equipment they use.
There isn't a kid who hasn't been asked what they want to be when they grow up. You usually get the standard answers of cop, firefighter, teacher or veterinarian but when they want to be a soldier, it really takes on a special meaning. When I Grow Up, I Want To Be in the Army is not only one of those books that will inspire kids but it was fun and educational.
The book centered around a young student who was asked to do a project for school. He was to answer the question of what he wanted to be when he grew up in the form of a project to be presented in class. Just like every other kid who wants to be a millions things, he talked with his dad, and narrowed down the possibilities when he discovered that his dad and father were soldiers. While taking a trip to the Army surplus store, we see Jake's project come to life.
Growing up as a grandchild of a retired Army soldier, this was such a delight to read. There was so much about the Army that I didn't know despite growing up and being around a military family. It was filled with such an engaging story that was complimented with beautiful illustrations, historical facts and real life pictures that really captured everything that I feel the Army is about. You learn about everything from the weapons, the levels of service, the types of personnel and honors. What I thought was really special for me that will honor the bravery of their work was in the beginning of the book, there is the Soldier's Creed. It sums up everything of who they are. Whether you are a child of a military parent or someone who wants to learn about the army, I feel this would be such a valuable book that will not only educate and inspire but really will help your child really appreciate the value of our service members.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Publisher: Wigu Publishing
Publication date: 8/29/2013