It's one of those assignments. Everyone else in the class starts working on it and Flora is sitting there feeling as though she is alone on the planet, different, and feeling that huge hole in her life that hurts her everyday.
The Daddy's Day Picnic is coming and the teacher has assigned everyone to make a card for their daddy. Flora Gardener has never seen her daddy. Her daddy has been incarcerated (in prison) for her whole life. She can only imagine what he might look like and she knows for sure he won't be coming to the picnic to get his card.
Flora doesn't raise her hand and tell her teacher what's happening for her. The power of this story waits in the holding it all inside and in how the rest of the class and the world for that matter is busy doing their "normal" while we see Flora and her normal and we want to shout to someone to see her and help and stop thinking every child in the room is living the same life with a mommy and a daddy and the rest of the Brady Bunch. This is not okay.
Poignant and filled with the feels that kids need someone to explain to them and comfort. This story is a quietly powerful opportunity for a class to talk about walking in someone else's shoes and all the emotional intelligence that requires. It's "tool time" for kids. They need these tools to understand themselves and others and as ever, picture books make great doorways to the path that can take them there.
First of a planned trilogy.
40 pages 978-0998799964 Ages 6-11
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
A Card For My Father by Samantha Thornhill with illustrations by Morgan Clement is the first title in a trilogy of picture books exploring the lasting effects, big and small, of a father’s incarceration on his first-grade daughter, Flora. In A Card For My Father, how can Flora complete her class assignment to write a Father’s Day card when she’s never met her father?--from the publisher