4 out of 4 stars
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Just Like My Dad is an emotional children’s book written by Elizabeth M. Johnson and Tyrell Plair. The book mainly talks about the significance of a fatherly figure while growing up.
Miriam, Justin, Desmond, and Tyler are four young children who are living with their mothers. Circumstances have forced them to live without their fathers, whom they miss dearly. The children want to impress and be like their fathers when they grow up. Coach Mike and Carl play a significant role in their lives and help them learn a few life skills to become responsible and empathetic individuals.
What I liked most about this book is that it talks about how young children can effortlessly change their behavior and become responsible adults, if they are provided the right guidance. Children are like wet clay. As parents and teachers, it is our responsibility to mold them into good human beings. The book also encourages us to communicate with our children and step up to help them resolve the conflicts in their minds. The characters of the coaches are beautifully portrayed in the book and remind us of the importance of simple things in life.
There is nothing that I disliked about the book. This book is contemporary and makes us realize how times have changed. Children these days are mostly indoors, playing video games and watching TV, unlike the old times. Children must spend time outside with friends so that they can learn social skills and empathy.
This book is well-written and well-edited. It has an emotional angle and highlights the ups and downs children go through while growing up. The book took me down memory lane and reminded me about the summer camps I used to attend. I give it 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to children ages 10-15years. The book can also be read by parents, to understand the many difficult situations that children could go through and look at the world from a child’s point of view.
Just Like My Dad
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