Phebe doesn’t write only for children. She works on poems and short stories almost daily. Most are not for children. This anthology features her darkest poem, Pilot’s Story; a reflection of stories she heard as a child about her Uncle Orear Watson’s capture and escape from a German POW Camp during WWII. The first paragraph of the poem is fictitious. Since everyone has passed away, Phebe had no way of knowing how Uncle O got picked up to leave for military service. The rest that follows is from stories she heard.
One of the most interesting entries in this anthology is from Wendy Joseph who gives readers thirteen excerpts from her father, Sam Hakam’s diary. A diary he kept when he was aboard the S.S. Richard Henry Lee, a Liberty ship, on Convoy PQ 16, which sailed from Reykjavik, Iceland to Murmansk, Russia in April – July 1942.