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This ground-breaking bilingual book was written by a Latina military officer and former aviator. It's the first bilingual children's book, in English and Spanish, about why mommies wear military uniforms and serve in the armed forces. It's won five literary honors including "Most Inspirational Children's Book - Bilingual" at the International Latino Book Awards.
Editorial Review: "Graciela's takes her experience as a decorated Air Force veteran and mother to create this bilingual children's book. The story captures a special moment as Captain Mama explains to her son, Marco about all the different colorful patches. The patches serve as way for Captain Mama to share what it means to serve in the U.S. Air Force. This is a great story to read with your child as it reminds parents and children alike that parents are not only mamas and papas, but also are heroes in their children's eyes." -REFORMA, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA)
Synopsis: A little boy named Marco is walking to his bedroom in pajamas carrying his stuffed puppy dog when he notices his mommy in an olive-green military flight suit. His curiosity about the colorful patches on her uniform evolves into a sweet, reassuring bedtime conversation between a military mother and her child about why she serves and what she does in the unusual KC-135R aerial refueling airplane (a flying gas station). Marco drifts off to sleep with thoughts of his mommy in the airplane and the special surprise she gave him stuck to his fleece pajamas. The book includes an art activity for parents and teachers to enjoy with children. It's the first in the award-winning Captain Mama aviation adventure series.
Printed in the USA. Available in paperback and hardcover formats.