Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A Perfect Father's Day, by Eve Bunting
Mothers and fathers will get a kick out of A Perfect Father's Day. The idea behind the book will fly right over the children's heads, which is exactly as it should be.
For Father's Day Susie is going to take her father out for the day on the town. He offers to drive. She chooses the restaurant. He offers to pay. She decides they'll go celebrate his day and play at the park. He tags along with her, pushing her on the swing and climbing on the playground equipment. On their way home, she tells him about the "surprise Father's Day cake" which Mommy is making at home. He acts surprised.
NOT surprisingly, my kids didn't get the humor which Bunting pokes at Susie's attempts to celebrate her father. However, any one who has either been a kid or a parent will understand that the message of this book is not about the special gifts we might give to fathers and mothers on their special holidays, but it's about spending time and sacrificing for the ones that you love.
A simple message, told in tongue-and-cheek fashion that is sure to be a hit.