Daddy is leaving for the war. He leaves his son a pad of paper and a box of crayons. He asks his son to draw pictures of things that happen while he is away. The son is very sad at first and doesnt want to do much of anything. But, after being sad and thinking on it, he remembers his Daddys request.
He gets out his pad of paper and crayons and starts drawing for his Daddy. He is very choosy with his colors and tries to draw his feelings about what is going on and what he wants to happen. He thinks that his daddy and all the Mommies and Daddies should be able to come home to their children as soon as possible. He creates things that will protect the soldiers and also ways to bring them home faster. The book closes with him wishing on a star and hoping his Daddy will be home soon because he misses him so much.