If I Had a Daddy
Author: Mary M. Sullivan
Publisher: PublishAmerica (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 28 pages
This is a book inspired by my daughter Autumn, whom I love deeply. I listened carefully to her musings and thought other children could benefit from her thoughts on her absence of a father and what it means to her. As for all single parents, no matter how they got to that point, one thing remains clear: Children often think quietly about a missing parent. This book heals this young lady. She has, despite not having a daddy, thoughts on how a daddy would act and be loving. At a tender age, she knows what attributes to look for in a man. This book, read along with a parent or guardian, can and will teach and help a young person describe their daddy and open up dialogue with certainty and truth.
MWSA 2009 2nd Runner Up for Children, Under 12
Mary M. Sullivan has written a charming and thought-provoking children's book which was inspired by her daughter. She felt that what she learned from Autumn, could help other children that are in a single-parent situation, no matter how they got to that point.
Mary shares the thoughts of a little girl trying to figure out what her daddy would look and act like. Mary Sullivan states, "This book, read along with a parent or guardian, can and will teach and help a young person describe their daddy and open up dialogue with certainty and truth."
As a teacher of young children, I believe that this book could be beneficial to many children who have a "missing someone" in their life. It might not just be a parent, but could be another relative, such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle. The basic premise is that children really need to "put a face" to the unknown person, and guardians should be aware that this book could be used to help have the conversation revolving a child's thoughts. It may also be beneficial to other children to help explain what some of their friends may be experiencing by not having a two-parent family situation.
The book is in a large format and the artwork adds a lot to the storyline. In the back of the book is a page for children to draw a picture of their daddy. It is a "simple" book with a very thought-provoking message. Written with a child in mind, the adult in the child's life should be involved in the reading of this book. It is a valuable resource for the single-parent moms out there in our world.
Reviewed by: Joyce Gilmour (2009)