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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me

Fall 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Daniel Beaty
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
ISBN: 9780316209175
Hardcover Price: $18.00

Sensitivity and a compassionate heart resonate throughout this beautiful picture book by noted performer/educator Daniel Beaty and illustrator Bryan Collier (Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King Award-winner). Based on Beaty's own experience as a child who lost the presence of his caring father to prison, this story explores a little boy's journey to manhood without the loving dad who used to wake him up in the morning with a "Knock Knock" game. Despite his aching sense of loss, the boy finds that his memories of warmth and companionship, as well as the thoughtful advice that he receives from his absent dad, sustain him as he grows. Collier's watercolor-and-collage illustrations capture the book's emotional resonance to its redemptive, deeply moving end.

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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