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Grandpa’s Lessons on Fishing and Life

Grandpa’s Lessons on Fishing and Life by Ruthie Godfrey is a nostalgic story about a boy going fishing with his Grandpa. Together they spend the day enjoying each other’s company, and Grandpa imparts some wisdom to his grandson. While sounding like fishing advice, the knowledge that he shares also serve as important life lessons.

With the thirteen lessons shared, children will be shown how to be prepared for situations, look to those older and wiser for advice on how to do things, learn the value of sharing, and appreciate even the small things in life. I enjoyed how the lessons started out light-hearted with “do not bring a banana on a fishing boat.” Next, the lessons moved to more practical ones and then to serious ones such as being a good human with the lesson of “share the wealth.”

The illustrations by Pable D’Alio are eye-catching, with a unique caricature style and watercolor look. Children will enjoy looking through the pictures as they go through the book. In addition, the artwork gives the story extra character as the story’s text is simple. Together they make this picture book a wonderful creation.

Grandpa’s Lessons on Fishing and Life is a whimsical picture book for preschool through elementary school children. The images and story are easy enough for younger audiences, whereas the nuances of life lessons will be picked up by older kids. This is an excellent book for families sharing the joy of a multigenerational family structure.

Pages: 36 | ASIN : B08L8KNXTT

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Dear Daughter

Dedrick Moone and his daughter, Haelee, have conquered many things in their life together. From the separation and divorce of Dedrick and Haelee’s mother to the car accident that almost ended his life, Dedrick and Haelee have managed to find strength in one another. Their relationship is a truly special one. From her birth to their ultimate move far from the only home they both have ever known, the pair battle everything life throws their way with grace, dignity, and incredible resilience. Dedrick’s love for his daughter and his determination to keep her safe and supported is unmatched.

Dear Daughter, by Dedrick L. Moone, is a poignant personal story of the author’s relationship with his young daughter. This beautifully constructed children’s book/memoir details every joy Moone experienced from finding out he would soon be a father to winning a hard-fought custody battle which allowed him to give Haelee the life she so wanted. In addition, Moone includes each of the challenges he and his daughter faced. He sugarcoats nothing, and his honesty is appreciated. Moone’s work will touch the lives of more families than he will ever realize.

Moone grew up without a father and was determined to not fall into the stereotype of an absentee father that plagues the African American culture when it comes to divorce. His goal was to be present for all the important moments in his daughter’s life and this collection of letters shows that devotion. The letters are not all joyful and positive memories, instead, they show the real challenges he faced including going to jail. The darker memories are still told in an age-appropriate way that is not scary for children, rather factual and honest.

Dear Daughter: A Love Story, will show readers the intense love and admiration Moone feels for his daughter. It can be felt on every page of this heartwarming account of their lives. This heartwarming picture book is highly recommended to any parent who has faced overwhelming challenges in raising their children. Moone and his daughter give readers something that is difficult to find in today’s world–they give us hope.

Pages: 57 | ASIN : B09QZG1YFV

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