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Friday, July 27, 2018

Made For Me, written by Zack Bush and illustrated by Gregorio De Lauretis. Familius, Raincoast. 2018. $23.99 ages 3 and up

"My new role in life
has just now begun.
You're life's greatest
treasure, my dear little one.

Of all the children that
ever could be,
you are the one made
just for me."

What a delightful book for a new dad, since we have missed Father's Day this year! Or put it in your cart, buy it at your local bookstore, and keep it until next year.

This is a dad who looks, for all the world, as if nothing could faze him. He's a bulky ginger with a full beard, strong arms and he emits huge from every pore. His demeanor is totally changed when he first sets teary eyes on his brand new baby. All brawn goes out the window as he cradles, feeds, changes, and plays with this amazing child of his heart. Words cannot convey the overwhelming feelings he has for every tiny bit of this brand new life.

"Your mouth, your ears, and even your nose,
your chubby cheeks and your wiggly toes.
I'll never forget your sweet little grin.
Your soft, thin hands. Your smooth, rounded chin."

The discrepancy in size between the two is enhanced in the digital artwork. Gregorio De Laurentis uses plenty of white space to focus attention on the huge dad, the tiny baby and the many special moments they share.

This celebration of fatherhood turns many misconceptions of the role played by the men in the lives of children on its end, and shows children a hands-on, loving dad whose life is made noticeably better with the arrival of a child.

Put this one on your list of go-to shower gifts!

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