Reviews: Book and Music

“Great work Phyllis… A story long overdue and beautifully done!”

General Lewis MacKenzie (Retired)


“Phyllis Wheaton’s thoughtful and touching words not only tell the incredible story of the Izzy Doll, but like the dolls themselves, cannot help but inspire a sense of compassion and hope; a fitting tribute to the Isfeld family and all those who have dedicated their lives to the eradication of landmines.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Hubley, Senator


“…you have chronicled the difficult journey of not just the Isfelds, but of every family that sees their sons or daughters go off to ‘bad places’ and how some can rise above all the hurt and loss to create angels, of flesh or of yarn. Thank you again for this precious book…”

Major-General E.S. (Ed) Fitch (retired), OMM, MSM, CD


“You’ll never look at either a soldier or a doll in quite the same way after reading this book.”

Val (Robin) Ladouceur, Robin Banco Limited Editions


“My eyes are bleary but I couldn’t stop reading… I feel that I must pick up my needles and get busy tonight.”

Dorene Benny, an Izzy Dolls knitter, Parksville, B.C


“Your vast experience on Remembrance-related history and your talent with words, whether on paper or with music, are a rare and rich combination.”

Rene Audet, Veterans Affairs, PEI

“The gift of a simple doll and the impact that it made.”

Linda Boston, Sudbury Ontario

“If you only read one book about peacekeepers, let it be this one.”

Press1 Online, review by Scully Promo, Christine Bode

“Well-written, well-researched, with a plethora of evocative photographs and poetry that will scorch your soul, Ms. Wheaton will change how the reader sees the world. And that’s a good thing.

Val (Robin)Ladouceur, Robin Banco Limited Editions

“I lost myself in the words and was amazed over and over again with your ability to write the love and emotion of this journey…”

Ellen Kelly, Airdrie, Alberta

“This… work allows me to understand the human side of the combat engineers who risk their lives daily to defuse the mines and unexploded ordinance that are the deadly aftermath of armed conflicts. Kudos to Ms. Wheaton for presenting this touching and true-to-life saga of the Izzy Doll and the courageous personal stories behind it.”

Don Penner, Calgary AB

“…a remarkable story filled with insights from so many who have become involved in their own quest for peace. It’s sad, uplifting and so informative all at the same time…”

Monika Goodwin, Markham Ontario

“…on behalf of all military families I would like to thank you! You have shown that military people are trying to promote peace, love and charity. I cried several times…”

Bernice Toon (self described ‘army brat’)

“What a book. Unbelievable. You’re quite the author. Fantastic job. Everybody should read it.”

Evelyn SQ, Calgary AB

“…you have poignantly captured Mark’s compassion and his personal journey toward a world of peace.”

Carol Bryson, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

“…an important, true story about one Canadian military family’s ultimate sacrifice and determination to leave this world a better place in the face of war, death and destruction.”

Press1 Online, review by Scully Promo, Christine Bode

“Now that I know about them and the price of duty, they – the soldiers and peacekeepers – and their significance, will never be forgotten.”

Press1 Online, review by Scully Promo, Christine Bode

“Absolutely tremendous! Everybody should be reading this!”

Arnold Holmes, Hudson Bay Saskatchewan

Below is a June 2012 email from Sgt. Steve Sadler, Toronto Police Department who just returned from Afghanistan where, as a Peacekeeper, he trained Afghan men to become police. Dolls were given to these Peacekeepers to give out to the children. This is his experience giving out the Izzy Dolls:

“I have written lots about my time, (in Afghanistan) but the things we did with the IZZY dolls will last forever… I am thankful for what I accomplished, but the faces of the kids will always remain… I hope your knitters realize what value they are creating when they make these dolls… They are not just toys or dolls, but an extension of the Canadian Mission over there, spreading a small message of peace from Canada to Afghanistan….to the kids who receive them, these dolls may be all they remember about the foreigners who came to their country when they were growing up.

After 2014, it is anyone’s guess what will happen over there, but the kids we were able to meet with these dolls may remember a small bit of kindness from people who came from far away… if that is the only legacy that remains, at least it is a legacy of smiles, laughter and happiness…”