Year of the Jungle, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)


When Suzy's father is called to war in a faraway jungle, she struggles to deal with his absence.

Why did her father have to go? When will he return? And will she even recognise him when he does? As the months go by, measured by the arrival of postcards and the passing of holidays, Suzy's father starts to feel further and further away.

Suzanne Collins, the internationally bestselling author of the HUNGER GAMES series, has created a powerful and moving story based on her own childhood.

With her signature ability to touch readers' hearts, combined with James Proimos's bright and friendly artwork, here is a book that will speak to any child who has had to spend time apart from a loved one


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780545425162



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A poignant, sensitive story refreshingly lacking in patriotic rhetoric and trappings.

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Wonderfully told tale from a young child’s point of view. The author’s father was in Vietnam for a year the year she was in 1st grade. And the story had me feeling angry all over again about Vietnam, and about unnecessary wars, and sad for those they affect. This is a fine story for children who have parents in the military and any children who have temporary separations from parents or other important people. Not for children who have experienced or will experience the death of a parent or other people important to them; this story is for temporary separations, not permanent ones. The illustrations really capture the emotions the girl is experiencing and the imagining she is doing. They’re terrific. But it’s the story told through a child’s eyes that is what really shines here.

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A memoir of the author's experience while waiting for her dad to return from Vietnam. Moving account from a child's perspective.

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A sweet story inspired by Suzanne Collins' own family memories when her father fought in the Vietnam War. The illustrations are fabulous - young Suzy imagines exotic jungle animals when she first learns her father must go away, but as news reports and photos infiltrate her mind, the animals change to machinery and military equipment. A great read for children of military parents!

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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone close to military children. Although the author bases her story off of her father's deployment during the Vietnam War, the story is timeless. As the mother of a young child whose father has served in numerous combat deployments, these fears and issues are touched on in a very respectful, calming manner. Children (and military spouses/loved ones) will really relate to this book and remember they are not alone.

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