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DADDY'S CHAIR by Sandy Lanton


by Sandy Lanton & illustrated by Shelly O. Haas

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: June 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-929371-51-8
Publisher: Kar-Ben

 Grieving for his father, who has just died of cancer, Michael defends Daddy's chair from all comers. Understanding relatives gradually get him to allow temporary occupancy: his big brother may sit there while he plays chess with Michael, as Daddy did; an aunt is willing to share some of the stories Daddy told; Mommy promises to hug Michael, like Daddy did, when they watch TV together in the chair. Meanwhile, Mommy has also explained sitting shiva. With dignified simplicity--nicely reflected in Haas's eloquent monochromatic watercolors--the story conveys the family's traditions and their loving support of one another. A good addition to the literature about grief. (Picture book. 4-8)