Miss You to Pieces

A Deployment Story and Project Idea for Kids

Children - Grade K-3rd
40 Pages
Reviewed on 05/27/2013
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Author Biography

Donna M. Purkey is a military wife of more than ten years. She is an educator and speaks to military support groups about coping with deployment. She has written Miss You to Pieces to share her family's experiences and deployment project idea in the hopes that it will provide encouragement, support and hope to military families, or any family experiencing a temporary separation. She lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband, two children and their family cat.
She may be reached at missyoutopieces@gmail.com and would love to hear from you.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

How do children handle their dads or moms being deployed for months or years at a time? Miss You to Pieces" was written to help children when their parents are away, and gives a cool unique project to teach them to stay connected as they wait for their parents to return home.

This is one of the neatest, most valuable books I have ever read. And the only book I have read about children left at home while a parent leaves to serve their country. Donna Purkey writes a story about a little boy named Riley who waits for his dad to return home. Riley’s mom gives him a project to help him as he is waiting. Through working on this puzzle, Riley is able to remember good things about his dad, and helps him feel closer to his dad as well. And not only that, he can count down the days before his dad arrives home, giving him time to plan special things for his arrival.

There should be a way to get this book in the hands of all parents who are in the military. It is just that good! And the project the author introduces in a fantastic way to help children find comfort, strength and encouragement instead of worrying about what is happening to their dad is great. This book is awesome inside and out. The cover is very attractive. The illustrations are beautiful and fit so very well with the story, and the story is well-written. Beth Wehner has written a masterpiece with "Miss You to Pieces" and I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for you or someone you know who has a parent in the military. You just can’t go wrong with this one!