by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
illustrated by Linda Lens
We needed a book like this. In a house full of boys and my constant determination to find books with strong female characters, Goodnight Captain Mama: Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, will officially be on our shelves. This beautiful story (illustrated by Linda Lens) receives double points from me for being a English-Spanish bilingual book and for portraying a courageous, intelligent and loving Latina mother.
Marco is in awe of his mother’s green uniform as he spots her getting ready to fly. Captain Mama sweetly goes through the bedtime routine while explaining to her son all about her career in the United States Air Force. As she tucks him into bed and cuddles, he questions several colorful patches on her uniform and she patiently describes their significance.
Luring her readers in, Tiscareño-Sato does a wonderful job at explaining the meaning of each colorful and impressive patch. When Marco asks about the red, white and blue patch, I swelled with pride for Captain Mama! She says, “This is the symbol of our nation, the United States of America. I serve in the military to protect our country and to keep you safe.”
With so many mothers working and serving in all branches of the United States military, this book can be used as a learning tool for all children. While reading to my six year-old son, not only was he impressed that a mami can fly a KC-135, but in all the work men and women do as a team to keep us safe. The use of the patches kept the story flowing, educational, and engaging. We loved it!
Disclosure: A digital copy of this book was provided for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Betty Galvan, is helping her readers “find the positive and seek the benefits” over at her blog, MyFriendBettySays.com.
She is the mother of three beautiful little boys and a teacher.
Photo credits: mikifoto by mallika malhotra