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Category 1: 3-5 years

Cover for ‘Ben’s story: And so, things have been a bit different since Dad came back injured’. This story is about what happened in Ben’s family when his Dad came back early from deployment because he was injured. His Grandmother tells a story to help Ben understand that families can work together to help each other. 

Category 2: 6-9 years

Cover for ‘Sams story: In sickness and in health’. This story is about what happened in Sam’s family when her Mum came back from deployment and was not able to do all the things Sam used to enjoy doing with her Mum because of her injuries. They have to find other activities to do together. 

Artist’s note: Sams mum is far away from where they live, and far away in her mind. Where Sam is, things are sunny and happy, but her mum is suffering in a grey and sad place. When Sams mum gets back, theyre going to make it OK together.

Category 3: 10-12 years

Cover for ‘Nathan’s Story: Oh, by the way, my Mum has PTSD’. This story is about Nathan and his siblings and Dad as they work together to help their Mum who has PTSD and understand what PTSD is. 

Category 4: Teenagers and adults

Cover for ‘But really, Love, we’re OK: Stories they tell from home’. This book is for adults and gives examples of those parents who have stayed at home while their spouse deployed from World War I until today. It is about the way they often do different and extra jobs and parent by themselves. They try to let their spouses know they are okay so they don’t worry, even when things are rough. 

Category 5: Open

Cover for ‘But really, Love, I’m OK: Stories they tell from the front’. This book is for adults and shows those parents who have deployed from World War I until today. It is about the way they want to let their spouse back home know they are okay so they don’t fret, even when things are really tough.