FATHER'S DAY BLUES by Irene Smalls


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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 A much-needed remedy to a growing social concern, aptly reflected in the subtitle, ``What Do You Do About Father's Day When All You Have Are Mothers?'' Cheryl lives in a household with three female role models, each a strong, distinct personality. When her teacher assigns a Father's Day writing project, Cheryl confronts her feelings about her missing father. Smalls (Dawn and the Round To-It, 1994, etc.) avoids racial stereotyping by creating a second African-American character from a so-called nuclear family; the illustrations place Cheryl in a comfortable, middle-class environmentappropriate, since the problem of absentee fathers permeates society. McGovern (Smalls's Alphabet Witch, 1994) once again achieves startling success. The austere drawings emphasize human figures and faces, communicating a wealth of character through the precision of facial expression. Bibliotherapy that reads like a family drama, a relevant story told with honesty, clarity, and humor. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 18th, 1995
ISBN: 0-681-00543-2
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1995


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