When D is For Deployed

Children - Social Issues
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/03/2022
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Author Biography

Eleanor Donald Alspaugh was raised in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.S.B.A. from Shippensburg University. Formerly an Assistant Vice President, she became a multi-award-winning author after she captured the antics of raising her three kids and life as a wife and working mother in The Mommy-Go-Round, a humorous and heartwarming account of motherhood, childhood, and everything in between. In September 2022, The Mommy-Go-Round was named a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mommy-Go-Round also received the 1st Place Pacific Book award, Readers’ Favorite Bronze Book Award in the Parenting/Family categories, professional and individual 5-star reviews and other magazine book awards. El resides with her husband and family in Carlisle, PA, and recently published a children’s book called When D is For Deployed, also a 5-star book which provides encouragement to children facing a parent’s deployment. A portion of the purchase price will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation in support of veterans and their families. Eleanor has devoted much time and research to the writing of The Heart of a Soldier, which shares her decorated father’s letters sent home during World War II as well as her parents’ love story set against historic highlights and issues of World War II. Eleanor is currently a part-time author, photographer and caregiver and remains a crazy wife, mother and proud grandmother! She looks forward to spending more time completing a sequel to The Mommy-Go-Round as well as completing a second children’s book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

It’s never easy to have one of your parents sent overseas. When you’re young, you want your family close. But those who work in the military, both men and women, have to accept assignments far from home. That’s what it means to be deployed. One small girl is learning what it means for her daddy to be deployed. She can only see her daddy on the tiny screen of her mama’s phone. Through phone conversations, father and daughter try to keep the connection, but the excitement of welcoming her daddy home is slightly overshadowed by the fact that suddenly he looks so much bigger than his image on the phone. With patience, the two resume their father-daughter loving relationship.

Eleanor D. Alspaugh’s picture book story, When D is For Deployed, is a touching look at military family life from a young child’s perspective. The author follows a young girl as she carries on with her life with her mama during her daddy’s deployment and the two share stories and special times over the phone, the lasting bond of love creatively being held together. There are lots of colorful photographs to help document the story and the simple language makes it easy for an early young reader to follow along. This is a touching story that will introduce the difficulties young military children face when one of their parents is deployed. Not only will military children appreciate the sentiments in this story, but non-military children will also learn what it’s like to have an absent parent for long periods of time. Beautiful and heartwarming story.

Alyce Schwartz

Great Children’s Book!

When D is for Deployed is a great book for children, whether they have family members overseas or are learning about what that is like for other children who are experiencing that. It really reaches out on the child’s level and my daughter loved the book!


Great Read and tribute to the children and families of deployed military!
May 5, 2023:
What a sweet and heartwarming story depicting how tough life can be on the children of our deployed soldiers.
It is touching how this family keeps the love flowing between a daughter and her father who is many miles away.