Review Detail

 
Kids Fiction
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

A Lyrical Memorial

A touching memorandum and homage to the armed forces—wrapped in a gentle and beautifully illustrated teaching tool.

The premise is simple. A young boy travels cross-country with his beloved grandfather to Washington DC, where they attend the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom. His simple-yet-poignant understanding of why they are doing this, and the monumental impressions he receives along the way, are expressed in poetic verse throughout the book.

To be clear, “poetic” is not an exaggeration. Though this is a children’s book (with reasonably large, clear font), a tremendous amount of care has gone into the storytelling medium. It begins with an alternating rhyming scheme, but varies as the tale progresses—offering a range between two and four-line stanzas, and the occasional six-line couplet. It even ends with a terza rima rhyme that clinches the story with tender pathos. The cadence is pleasing and rhythmic, creating an engaging experience that both children and parents will find memorable.

“Motors growling, roaring near
Crowds that cry and wave and cheer,
Raising flags of white and black
For those who never made it back.”

Each page is a gorgeous work of art unto itself: Pastels, sepias, and charcoal in an evocatively realistic style, with a stunning depiction of light the likes of which would have made Thomas Kinkade proud. (Nearly every 2-page spread seems to be cast at sunset, save for the final page, which offers a starscape. This ultimately feels both intentional and deeply befitting the subject matter.)

HIGHLY recommended for all patriotic ages--those who’ve served, those with military family or friends, and anyone who either wants to pay their respects and/or teach their children to honor the sacrifices we hope they will never have to personally understand.

Note: To date, this is the first children’s book that has ever made me cry.

It has my emphatic endorsement.

“Rising Smoke and glowing ember.
Ride for freedom. Ride.
REMEMBER.”

Was this review helpful to you? 

Comments

 
 
Ordering 
 
Already have an account? or Create an account
 
 
 
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Mother Cary's Butter Knife (Shadows & Light)
The smallest of three brothers, Keenan Mowat had a priceless...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
Did you know that the earth is covered in three...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Three Sides of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
You may think you know the love triangle, but...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
The November Girl
I am Anda, and the lake is my mother....
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota)
Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A Penny Lost
Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Chasing Eveline
Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel...
 
4.7
 
5.0 (2)
Good and Gone
When Lexi Green’s older brother, Charlie, starts plotting a...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Glow
When thrift-store aficionado Julie discovers a series of antique paintings...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Stolen Secrets
After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco,...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Somebody's Baby
Ever since Sloan won a reality singing competition, her music...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
White Rabbit
Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving, delivers another spellbinding...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Temptation of Adam
Adam Hawthorne is fine. Yeah, his mother left, his...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Undiscovered Country
In the aftermath of her mother's death, Cat recklessly...
 
3.8
 
0.0 (0)
Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes
Things are looking up for Abbie Wu: this year...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Apex (Hunter Series #3)
Being a member of the Elite Hunter Command imperils...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart
 
2.7
"I don’t think I’ve ever read a dog story without either crying or grinning through it. GOBI: A LITTLE DOG..."
THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW
 
4.0
"Mary Weber’s THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW follows the titular character as she navigates more challenges than any one teen..."
Unraveling (Book #2 Unblemished Trilogy)
 
5.0
"The plot continues from the first book, Unblemished, so you'll have to read it to understand why the main characters..."
The Silent Songbird
 
5.0
"Romantic Times Book Reviews "Dickerson weaves a compelling tale that takes place long ago in England. Written in the..."
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale)
 
4.3
"A sweet coming-of-age historical romance--featuring a dangerously bold heroine and a hero who is bound by duty is to bring..."
The Golden Braid
 
4.0
"A sweet YA/NA crossover romance appealing to all ages, with strong themes of courage and fortitude in the face of..."
Invasion
 
4.3
"I love books that are like this. That hold so much promise for the future of the series and yet..."
Dark Halo (Angel Eyes #3)
 
3.3
JenJen
"What I Liked: Of the three covers, this one is my favorite. This final installment of the Angel Eyes trilogy..."
Storm (Swipe #3)
 
4.7
"I’m a big fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction and it’s even better when I find both in the same..."
Anomaly (Anomaly #1)
 
3.7
"Well, here’s a strange turn of events. I read so much that I rarely have time (or the inclination) to..."
Anomaly (Anomaly #1)
 
3.7
JenJen
"What I Liked: This was a unique take on the Sci-Fi/Dystopian genre because the story blends science with spiritual aspects...."
Right Where I Belong
 
4.0
JenJen
"Once again, Krista McGee has proven that the message of Christ's love can be presented in a way that is..."
Swipe
 
3.0
"Swipe is the story of Logan. He lives in a moment in Earth were people need to receive a..."
Broken Wings (Angel Eyes Trilogy #2)
 
4.3
JenJen
"This is the beautifully written, action packed sequel to ANGEL EYES. Told from multiple POV's, it's a powerful and tangible..."
Spirit Fighter (Son of Angels #1)
 
4.0
"I'm not usually one for Middle Grade books (for shame!), but I'm so glad this book was sent my way!..."
Fire Prophet (Son of Angels #2)
 
3.5
"This is my joint review for both Spirit Fighter & Fire Prophet by Jerel Law: Usually, I don't read..."
Spirit Fighter (Son of Angels #1)
 
3.5
"This is my joint review for both Spirit Fighter & Fire Prophet by Jerel Law: Usually, I don't read..."
Spirit Fighter (Son of Angels #1)
 
4.0
JenJen
"Fun, action-packed adventure kids are sure to enjoy! Law brings a fresh, positive approach to the fantasy world joining..."
Fire Prophet (Son of Angels #2)
 
4.0
JenJen
"Fast-paced, action packed with fantastic kid characters who battle evil while using prayer as their ultimate weapon? Doesn't get much..."
First Date
 
3.7
"I enjoyed this book, but it can come across at preachy, so don't read it if you aren't interested in..."