-Professor, Early Childhood Department, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
-Former US Army Officer
Empowering children with insightful respect for our veterans, past and present!
"The children absolutely loved your presentation, hanging on every word!"
Jill Tackach - Teacher at Slippery Rock Area Elementary School
"The most interesting thing to me was how you made your hot water bottles colder by putting them inside your sock and whipping them around!"
3rd Grade Student at Slippery Rock Area Elementary School
"Your book is fantastic! My kindergarteners were working on their letters to a special soldier today, and they asked to read it again! Thanks for helping them to understand why Veterans Day is so important!! ❤🇺🇸"
SheilaJo Neupauer - Teacher at Moraine Elementary School
"Dr. Snyder traveled to my school in November of 2016. He presented to my entire school and then visited the first grade classrooms to do special break out sessions. Staff and students alike took so much away from his presentation. His book and photographs were the perfect window into the life and service of a veteran! Dr. Snyder kept our entire student body (about 300 students) engaged for 60 minutes...anyone who has ever worked with PreK-2 students knows what a challenge this can be, even on the best of days! Our first graders loved their special time with "a real live soldier," as well, and they are still using their army hand signals! A visit from Dr. Snyder would be valuable in any school or classroom. I highly recommend both his book and his school presentation".
Jenna A. DePizzo- First grade teacher, Bascom Elementary School
"Dr. Snyder's presentation was very moving. He kept my preschoolers through second graders engaged and they really learned about what veterans do through his connection of real photographs from Iraq to the illustrations in his book and with the military gear he brought with him. As an adult, I learned so much and gained a renewed appreciation for the service of all veterans and pride for being a citizen of the United States of America."
Maggie Kowach, Principal, Bascom Elementary School
"I can' thank you enough for your wonderful presentation for our students. You certainly are a "SUPERHERO"!
Amy Simpson- Learning Support teacher at Musser Elementary School
"Dr. Snyder visited my school to present his book and share his experiences serving the military. It was definitely an enthralling experience for my students that sparked a lot of conversation and questions. I will be using his book ("What is a Veteran, Anyway?") along with the presentation for future lessons!"
Rebecca McGill- Teacher at Hillview Elementary School
My book has also recently been reviewed and listed by the School Library Journal!
SNYDER, Robert C. What Is a Veteran, Anyway? illus. by Ronald Himler. 32p. websites. Blue Marlin. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780988529557.
Gr 3-5 –Snyder, an educator and a veteran of the Iraqi War, describes in general terms what life is like for a variety of veterans. The text and the soft illustrations, rendered in pencil and gouache, portray the jobs and living conditions of servicemen and servicewomen during their deployment. Food, types of shelter, exposure to the elements, time away from family, injury, and death are also mentioned. A list of all the wars in which the United States has been involved is included. The final page provides several suggestions for honoring veterans and active duty personnel. The endpapers are a collage of cropped portions of the main illustrations. VERDICT Consider this illustrated title on veterans for collections that serve military communities or are in need of an introduction.–Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS
"Your book is PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!! It is so well written and so developmentally appropriate. I love it! It is something that will definitely resonate with children and is at their level."
Erica Savannah- Kindergarten Teacher
"Dr. Snyder has a wonderful energy about him. He is captivating and connects really well with his audience. His experience, the photos, the connection to his book, and overall presentation was very well portrayed. The students really enjoyed their time with him and you can tell that they were positively impacted by his presence."
Mrs. Heffelfinger, Weisenberg Elementary, Grade 5