Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
Daniel Beaty & Bryan Collier
Little, Brown & Co., 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
Dear son, Ask your mama to help you make those scrambled eggs we love. Remember to do your homework before you watch TV. I am sorry I will not be coming home,
' reads a letter from a father to his small son.
ith compassion and dignity, this unique picture book deals with the loss of a parent due to something other than death. First, the author establishes the warm and caring relationship between the boy and his father. Then the father is gone but leaves a note for his son. It is a heartbreaking situation but from it the child derives the strength he will need to be a good, caring father when he has his own family.
he reason for the father's departure is never spelled out, but the author explains at the end of the book that his own father was incarcerated; thus, he has firsthand knowledge of how traumatic this type of loss can be.
lthough this book addresses a parent's loss, I'm not sure I would use it in a situation where the father has died. But it certainly works for the situation spelled out by the author or something like it.
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