Riley’s dad is in the Navy and deploys for 6 months. To help Riley count the days, his mom introduces a unique puzzle project in which he also finds comfort, strength, and encouragement. Children experiencing a temporary separation from a loved one will identify with Riley’s story and will learn that while we are challenged, we also grow and become stronger. We build ourselves as Riley builds his puzzle, and we stay connected to our loved ones as Riley’s family, and his puzzle pieces, stay connected. The puzzle project can be easily adapted for any family experiencing a temporary separation. The book includes tips for creating your own puzzle project!
Donna Purkey does a superb job in helping families understand the emotional challenges associated with deployment The story encourages children to stay connected and find strength and hope from within. The puzzle project is a creative and fun tool. It is effective in not only counting the days, but in providing the opportunity to connect with one's family and in building something to be proud of! Kids of all ages will enjoy the project! What a GREAT idea!