1st Book in Planned Military Aviation Travel Adventure Series, From Woman Veteran and Latina
"Poignant, powerful and beautiful—Good Night Captain Mama celebrates a mother's love for her child and a military woman's love for her country. As we turn the pages, we journey through that special and impressionable moment when a child rediscovers who his mother is, beyond 'Mom.' This enlightening story of courage, love and leadership is a must-have book on children's night tables and library bookshelves around the world."
Bedtime conversation the night before Veterans Day 2009 as I prepared to visit my son's preschool the following morning. This short chat inspired the first book in a planned bilingual, aviation travel adventure series with Captain Mama and her kids.
UPDATE: The ebook for Good Night Captain Mama is available on Kindle, in the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone, for the Kobo eReader, in the Google Play store for Android devices and at Google Books too. News release is here.
Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá [ISBN: 978-0-9834760-3-0] is a bilingual (English and Spanish) children's picture book created for children between the ages of three and eight. The main character is a young boy in pajamas. As he passes by his mother's bedroom, he sees her in her olive-green Air Force-issued flight suit. The child is curious about the colorful patches on the uniform and asks questions as he pulls each one off. His mother's answers teach him, and young children everywhere, why women serve in uniform too. The patches’ symbolism helps aviator Mama explain what it means to serve in the U.S. Air Force and why she does it.
This unique book debuted on Amazon.com's Bestseller lists for Military, Transportation and Hispanic/Latino children's book categories.
The author and her family visit a KC-135 at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. This is where Graciela was stationed while serving on active duty.
The author's three children enjoying some cockpit time in the tanker.
Closeups of some of the patches from the author's flight suit.
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