Letters To A Soldier


Mrs. Hutt's fourth-grade class decides to write a soldier who is fighting in the war. This is a collection of the actual letters from the students on one side and the answer from First Lieutenant David Falvey. There are pictures to go along with some of the explanations.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This easy-to-read picture book helps children understand what happens in war and the day-to-day life of fighting overseas.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

I picked this book for my daughter because she has asked about the war. She enjoyed reading the letters the children sent and also liked how the soldier explained what was going on by answering the questions they had put in their letters to him. I am glad she enjoyed reading it and was glad she wanted to read it a second time.

Parent Reaction

I liked this book a lot. I liked it a lot. It was a great way to talk about the war without it being over a child's head. Through LT Falvey, we can see what they are doing over there and have it explained so simply. The photographs were great and having the children's letters there to read along with the answers from the soldier worked well.

Type of Book:
Because the students wrote the letters, this is an excellent book for kids to read themselves.
Educational Themes:

Through this exchange of letters, children can learn about life in the military, the various jobs that must be done, and their purpose for being overseas. It is also a good primer on letter writing, as it is filled with examples.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 9
Age of child:
Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a good book to have at the library, share with a class, or pull off the shelf when children start asking about war.

Title Letters to a Soldier
Author David Falvey, Julie Hutt
Publisher Two Lions © 2009
ISBN 9780761456377
Material Hard Cover
Genres War
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