J.D. Manders is a historian, children’s author, and motivational speaker. He wrote the fiction stories The Fairy Child and The Mermaid’s Quest for his children to help them cope with his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2012, he has spoken widely about his experiences and how to address family separations. He has been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard since 1988. He is happily married with two wonderful daughters.
The unicorn is here to bring healing and joy, but the king is jealous of his daughter's affection for the creature. He will stop at nothing to get rid of this being who is stirring up trouble in his profitable kingdom.
Is there a Santa Claus? Why do we decorate a Christmas tree? What is the meaning of Christmas? Parents everywhere face similar questions at some point. As hard as these questions are to answer, it is even more difficult for those separated from their children or serving in the military. While coming off a deployment, children’s author J.D. Manders wrote these sixteen letters to his own children.