Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wonderful Win: AMERICA'S TABLE by Margot Theis Raven; illustrated by Mike Benny

I received this Wonderful Win from a giveaway
hosted by Dawn at She is Too Fond of Books.

Thank you, Dawn.
And thank you to Sleeping Bear Press.

This is truly a wonderful book to help us all
remember what we have to be thankful for.

illustrated by Mike Benny

Pub. Date: May 2005
Format: Hardcover, 32pp
Sales Rank: 14,137
Age Range: 6 to 12
ISBN-13: 9781585362165
ISBN: 1585362166
Description (from the publisher):
The White Table is set in many mess halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit.
As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give.

It was just a little white table . . . but it felt as big as America when we helped Mama put each item on it and she told us why it was so important.

"We use a Small Table, girls," she explained first, "to show one soldier's lonely battle against many. We cover it with a White Cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart when he answers his country's call to duty."

"We place a Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a plate to show a captive soldier's bitter fate and the tears of families waiting for loved ones to return," she continued.

"We push an Empty Chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here . . ."
Margot Theis Raven has been a professional writer working in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and children's books for 30 years. Margot's first children's book, Angels in the Dust, won five national awards, including an IRATeacher's Choice Award. Her first book with Sleeping Bear Press, Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, was the runner-up for the 2004 Texas Bluebonnet Award. She lives with her family in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mike Benny's illustrations have appeared in Time, GQ, New Yorker and Sports Illustrated Magazines. He has also been awarded two Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators. This is Mike's first children's book. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Mary Ann and daughter Adele.

Click here to visit the illustrator's website.


librarypat said...

There is a White Table set at our Air Force reunions and banquets. As the excerpt explained, it is a reminder of the sacrifices our comrades in arms have made and the ones we were willing to make so that our families and friends could live free.
It is a tradition few people know about.