By Greg Ruth
Feiwel and Friends, 2014. Picture Book
A boy anxiously awaiting the arrival of a loved one at an airport witnesses the tender reunions of others and wishes that each reunion he sees was his own.
In this nearly wordless picture book, Greg Ruth does an excellent job of depicting the emotions of the boy and those waiting at the airport for friends and loved ones returning home from deployment, showcasing the author-illustrator’s belief that “no solider goes to war alone—he or she always brings along their family and friends with them." Although the book focuses on reunions of soldiers with their families, it can be used to explain the emotions of a reunion with anyone who has been way for a while, not just soldiers.