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Year of the Jungle

Year of the Jungle

By Suzanne Collins   Illustrated by James Proimos   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545425162 Hardcover
40 Pages | 11.33" x 8.78" | Ages 4 & Up

Bestselling author Suzanne Collins has created a deeply moving autobiographical picture book about a father who must go off to the war in Vietnam—and the daughter that stays behind.

When young Suzy's father leaves for Vietnam, she struggles to understand what this means for her and her family. What is the jungle like? Will her father be safe? When will he return? The months slip by, marked by the passing of the familiar holidays and the postcards that her father sends. With each one, he feels more and more distant, until Suzy isn't sure she'd even recognize her father anymore.

This heartfelt and accessible picture book by Suzanne Collins, the bestselling author of the Hunger Games series, is accompanied by James Proimos's sweet and funny illustrations. This picture book will speak to any child who has had to spend time away from a parent.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Year of the Jungle

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2013

*"Collins sensitively examines the impact of war . . . It's a deceptively simple message of reassurance that readers who may currently be in Suzy's situation can take to heart." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"With a notable lack of patriotic rhetoric or clichés about bravery and honor, Collins holds firm to her childhood memories, creating a universal story for any child whose life is disrupted by war. Important and necessary." —Kirkus, starred review

*"[Year of the Jungle has] the kind of indelible and heartfelt resonance to be universally understood. Indeed, children missing parents in all kinds of circumstances will find comfort here." —Booklist

"The author's spot-on memories paired with child-friendly art create a universal exploration of war and its effect on young children, ideally shared with and facilitated by a sensitive adult." —School Library Journal