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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
Axel’s mom is in the military. He is okay with that. Shermaine Perry-Knights—a child of a military parent—understands the difficulty children have when a parent is assigned to a new base. In I Move a Lot and That’s Okay!, Shermaine shares with military children what it is like to move to a new base and things that will help make the move better. Any military parent can read this book with their children to help them prepare for the move and know what to expect. Change is difficult for all of us but especially so for children. This book is written to help the child during the transition time. It deals with having something familiar with you, meeting new friends, going to a new school, and leaving so much behind like old friends and familiar surroundings. Her idea of having the child write about their new adventure in letters sent back to their old classmates is priceless.
Shermaine Perry-Knights grew up in a military family. Although many non-military people refer to military kids as “military brats,” she does not like the term “brat.” Using her childhood experiences, Shermaine has authored a helpful and encouraging book for military children. She uses language that will be easy for children to identify with. Having Axel (the star of the book) be honest with his emotions and then say he is okay with the changes is a great way to encourage children. Discussing the upcoming changes will be easier using this book as an introduction. The reader can sense Shermaine’s compassion. Her words will easily stick with children and help them navigate any changes. Parents will enjoy I Move a Lot and That’s Okay! just as much as their children.