Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops

Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
For Ages: 5 - 8
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Inspired by her own granddaughter Natalie, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, tells a story through a child’s eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world.

When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of her father, but there is nothing to stop her from wishing he was home. Some things do help her feel better. Natalie works with her Nana to send her dad and the other service men and women cookies and treats they have made. Natalie, her mom, and her brother can see and talk to Dad over the computer, and the kindness of friends at school and at church help her feel supported and loved. But there is nothing like the day when her Dad comes home at last.
  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442457355 | 
  • June 2012 | 
  • Grades K - 3
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Reading Group Guide

A Simon & Schuster Parent/Teacher Discussion Guide to accompany

Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops
by Jill Biden, illustrated by Raúl Colón

Reading Group Guide created by Simon & Schuster
Choose the questions and activities that work best with the age and interests of the child or class you are sharing this book with.

Discussion Questions
This is a story about how a young girl deals with missing her father, a soldier away on active military duty. It celebrates the bravery and patience of military families and the kindness of neighbors and friends.

1. Why do you think the author titled the book Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops? Do you think it has any special meaning or tells you something about the message of the book?

2. Do you know any kids who have family members in the military? Are their family members home or serving in another country?

3. Imagine you have a family member in the military—a mother, father, aunt, uncle, or cousin. What do you think that would be like?

4. How does reading Natalie’s story make you feel?

5. Natalie was called upon to be brave. Were you ever brave? Talk about it.

6. Natalie was also called upon to be patient. Did you ever have to be patient? Talk about it.

7. What was the voice that whispered to Natalie, “Be brave?” Do you have any voice i see more

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About the Author

Jill Biden
Photograph © Dennis Drenner

Jill Biden

Jill Biden, the wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, has long been a strong supporter and advocate for military families. Her eldest son, Beau Biden, Natalie’s father, was deployed to Iraq two years ago. In April 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden joined together to start a national initiative, “Joining Forces,” to encourage Americans to join together to support military families in their communities.  Jill Biden frequently travels across America and abroad to speak to troops and their families.