Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán MamáWhen young Marco asks his mother why she is wearing a uniform as he is going to bed, she explains that it is her flight suit. As she puts him to bed, Mama tells Marco about her job as an aircraft navigator and what each patch on her uniform represents.
by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
illustrated by Linda Lens
Gracefully Global, 2013
Your local library
"What's this?" he asked, pointing to a square shape on her shoulders. "That's my rank. I am a Captain," Mama told him. "You're a Captain? Like the captain of a ship?" asked the little boy. "Yes, something like that sweetheart," she said with a smile.The conversation keeps the information grounded in a child's perspective, and the gentle tone emphasizes the mother's love for her son. The patches show different aspects of serving in the Air Force, providing an effective frame for the story. As the story wraps up, Marco wears his mother's patch to bed, thinking of her and her team.
|Graciela and crew on wing of KC-135R|
|Graciela & her son|
I'm looking forward to reading Graciela's new book, Captain Mama's Surprise / La Sorpresa de Capitán Mamá. In this story, Marco visits his mother's KC-135 aerial refueling tanker on a field trip with his second grade class.
Here are a few other stories you might want to share this week as you honor Veterans Day:
- Brave Like Me, by Barbara Kerley (National Geographic, 2016)
- Hero Mom, by Melinda Hardin (Two Lions, 2013)
- Poems in the Attic, by Nikki Grimes (Lee & Low, 2015)
- Tuesday Takes Me There, by Luis Carlos Montalván (Post Hill, 2016)
- The Wall, by Eve Bunting (HMH, 1990)
©2016 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books