Friday, May 14, 2021

Twenty-One Steps by Jeff Gottesfeld & illustrated by Matt Tavares [Review & Giveaway]

In honor of America's fallen soldiers and as Memorial Day 2021 approaches, we present....

My thoughts:
A treasured presentation for children showing the beauty and somber care and minding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honoring America's fallen soldiers.

I knew this was a remarkable monument to America's fallen soldiers; but I did not realize the intense symbolism involved in the moment by moment, day by day care and guarding of America's unknown.

The story is beautifully written in somber tone but not too dark for children's gentle hearts and minds. It bespeaks respect and honor for one and all of those who have died in the wars fought by Americans since WWI.

The requirements and dedication of those selected to serve as guards is remarkable. 

I think this is a book every library - public, private, school, homeschool - should have on its shelves. 

About the book: With every step, the Tomb Guards pay homage to America’s fallen. Discover their story, and that of the unknown soldiers they honor, through resonant words and illustrations.

Keeping vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, are the sentinel guards, whose every step, every turn, honors and remembers America’s fallen. They protect fellow soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, making sure they are never alone. To stand there—with absolute precision, in every type of weather, at every moment of the day, one in a line uninterrupted since midnight July 2, 1937—is the ultimate privilege and the most difficult post to earn in the army. Everything these men and women do is in service to the Unknowns.:  Their standard is perfection.

Exactly how the unnamed men came to be entombed at Arlington, and exactly how their fellow soldiers have come to keep vigil over them, is a sobering and powerful tale, told by Jeff Gottesfeld and luminously illustrated by Matt Tavares—a tale that honors the soldiers who honor the fallen. 

Begins May 14
Ends June 9 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA & CANADA addresses
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by Candlewick Press or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

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