Jackson relays a beautiful note to his young son—and to all young people—in his children’s book.
The author looks to give his young child a moral compass for living a righteous life. The book traverses the stages of child development in imagery alongside observations about “how this thing called life really works.” Jackson expresses his unconditional love from the outset: “I’ll even be there in times when you want to turn your back.” The tale brims with supportive affirmation for young hearts and minds. The singsong prose provides nuggets of wisdom in a digestible format, including specific guidance for building character. “It is up to you to stand behind what you feel is right,” Jackson tells his son. The guide has a religious slant. In one illustration, a child prays, a Bible rests on the nightstand in the background, and the text advises: “Pray your decisions help you to avoid simple mistakes.” Jackson imparts tips for adults and kids alike, e.g., “Live without regret, and know that no one is perfect.” The story ends, “Love, Your Father.” Essentially a poignant parent’s love story, the book contains valuable messages to impart to young children of all ages. The rhyming, melodious poetry enhances the quick read, which contains clear messages about how to navigate life’s many challenges. Vivid illustrations, marked by bright colors, follow a baby boy chronologically as he grows into a young man. The engaging images appear opposite each page of writing and complement the story.
A worthy bedtime read filled with love and valuable insights.