Author: Brenda Ehrmantraut
Illustrated by: Vicki Wehrman
Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing
More Information: ElvaResa.com
Available from: MilitaryFamilyBooks.com, independent booksellers, major wholesalers and retailers, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Retail Price: $9.95
Format: 8.5″ x 10″ paperback, 32 pages
Author Brenda Ehrmantraut was inspired to write Night Catch when her brother deployed to Iraq. She wanted to create a story that would connect and comfort his family during their time apart.
In Night Catch, when a soldier’s work takes him half-way around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son. The 32-page illustrated book also includes information about how to find Polaris in the night sky.
Central Texas College has licensed the story for use as a full-dome video. The planetarium production can be viewed at the college’s Mayborn Science Theater in Killeen, Texas. See www.StarsAtNight.org for show times. The planetarium staff calls Night Catch “a tale of two hearts and the one star that keeps them together.” Fred Chavez, Mayborn Science Theater director, says, “Many military families know the difficulty that comes along with having a loved one stationed or deployed away from home and how hard it can be to explain the separation to a small child. Night Catch shares the idea that no matter where you are in the world, we all see the night sky and the stars. And something as simple as that can be enough to help one another make it through the time apart.” Interested planetariums and full-dome science theaters may lease the production by contacting Elva Resa or Mayborn Science Theater.
The book is also used in several established military family programs. “Night Catch is a staple in our Parent to ParentTM program,” says Denise Montana Graham of Military Child Education Coalition. “Used for Tell Me A StoryTM events, Night Catch provides military-connected children a unique opportunity to maintain close, personal bonds with moms and dads during deployments or long separations. We enthusiastically recommend it!”
Night Catch will be released in paperback July 15 and is available at www.MilitaryFamilyBooks.com and other retailers.
ELVA RESA PUBLISHING LLC is an independent publisher based in St. Paul, Minnesota, whose mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Its primary imprint specializes in books for and about military families. www.ElvaResa.com, www.MilitaryFamilyBooks.com