Bibliographic information: Zee, R. V., & Himler, R. (2008). Always with You. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
Annotation: This book is about a little girl named Kim who lost her mom in the Vietnam War. The last words her mom said to her were “Don’t be afraid, Kim. I will always be with you” (Zee, 2008). Kim was saved by soldiers and brought to an orphanage where she felt safe and she accepted that they were her new family now. The people at the orphanage comforted her during the night when she would cry for her mother, and she became a part of the family at the orphanage.
Grade Level: 3rd
Readers who will like this book: People learning about family relationships, people learning about the Vietnam War, and children who have lost a parent or have grown up in an orphanage.
Personal Response and Rating: 5/5. I give this book a 5/5. I enjoyed this book, because I found it to be powerful. I think it shows a light on how wars affect people around the world and how big of an impact it has on a child to lose a parent. Even though Kim was a part of the family at the orphanage, she will never be able to get her mom back. Those last words that her mom said to her stuck with her, and I can personally relate to losing a parent and having those last words mean everything.
Text Dependent Question: Why were the words I’ll always be with you so important to Kim? Do you think she was thankful for the soldiers who brought her to the orphanage?