DADDY AND ME by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe


A Photo Story of Arthur Ashe and His Daughter, Camera
Age Range: 4 - 8
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 Narrating in the voice of their daughter, now seven, the late tennis star's wife portrays the warm relationship between her husband and the little girl. The poignant, primer-simple, present-tense text tells how they read to each other, laugh and sing and pray together; Camera picks up balls when Daddy gives lessons, he washes her hair. When one isn't feeling well, the other helps--``On my bad days, when I'm sick and have to stay in, Daddy takes good care of me''; on Daddy's bad days, Camera hands him his pills and takes his temperature. She also visits him in the hospital, explaining that ``Daddy got AIDS from a blood transfusion during a heart operation.'' The focus here is Ashe's AIDS, from the child's point of view; the author and her husband conceived the book to ``give other parents a way to discuss AIDS with their young children.'' Splendid b&w photos--sometimes several on a spread--make it clear that, for this family, AIDS never hindered a loving relationship or the hugging and kissing that are natural between parent and child. ``For Camera, AIDS was simply an illness--and like any other illness, it was to be treated with compassion and support.'' A touching, and invaluable, legacy. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-679-85096-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1993