Days with Dad

illus. by Nari Hong. 40p. Enchanted Lion. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781592702336.
PreS-Gr 1—In this autobiographical tale, a young girl's father uses a wheelchair to get around—"he hasn't been able to [walk] since he was a baby." Though he continually apologizes to his daughter for being unable to join her for skating, swimming, playing soccer, or splashing in puddles, she gently reassures him that she is more appreciative of all the quieter things she does with him, like enjoying his rainy day cocoa, making sand castles, bird-watching, and even going ice fishing. Her father is an amazing chef, draws with his daughter, and plays the ukulele while she sings along. Hong's mellow childlike color-pencil illustrations perfectly complement the story's gentle tone and cheerful refrain of, "Don't worry, Dad."
VERDICT A touching portrayal of the love between parent and child. Best shared one-on-one or with a small group.

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