Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Book time for Father's Day

Just a couple suggestions of great books for Dad:

The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown
Walker Brown was born with a genetic mutation so rare that doctors call it an orphan syndrome: perhaps 300 people around the world also live wth it. Walker turns twelve in 2008, but he weighs only 54 pounds, is still in diapers, can’t speak and needs to wear special cuffs on his arms so that he can’t continually hit himself. “Sometimes watching him,” Brown writes, “is like looking at the man in the moon – but you know there is actually no man there. But if Walker is so insubstantial, why does he feel so important? What is he trying to show me?”

In a book that owes its beginnings to Brown’s original Globe and Mail series, he sets out to answer that question, a journey that takes him into deeply touching and troubling territory. “All I really want to know is what goes on inside his off-shaped head,” he writes, “But every time I ask, he somehow persuades me to look into my own.”

The Father's Are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown
(famous author of Goodnight Moon)

As night falls, the fathers come home. The rabbit hops home to his bunnies; the dog returns to his puppies; the bird brings home a worm and sings a song. And the boy's father, who is a sailor, comes home from the sea.

Simple, lyrical words and pictures tell this timeless story, a heartfelt tribute to the love between fathers and their children.

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