Now, I’m definitely more of a cat person than a dog person. Mainly because I hear dogs require far more time and attention than does a cat. (Those who say so have not met my cat.) But this collection of canine poetry made me feel that the deficiency is mine in not appreciating the fidelity, charm and adoration of dogs as they deserve. These lovely, heartwrenching poems, seemingly mostly about the loss of beloved, loving dogs actually made me cry (admittedly I was in a nice warm bath with a glass of red wine at the time). And one made me laugh (about the dog wheedling extra breakfast out of the author). But the recurring themes are love and all-too-speedy loss, because compared to humans, dogs live such a short time, less than ten years of youth and vigour, usually. The descriptions of Mary Oliver’s interactions with her dogs (the dogs are clearly her own, with particular personalities) often take the form of their unspoken conversations, transcribed here to move and delight us.
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A rather belated happy father’s day to all the dads with a book that is the perfect gift for the aforementioned hallmark occasion. Why I Love My Daddy has no story line per se. Rather it is a collection of illustrations put to words that have been uttered by kids around the world…..each two page spread has a cuddly looking pair of animals – dad and offspring in various moments of affection with a little sentiment of “I love my daddy because…..” (fill in the blank – you know “he is so strong”, “he is so handsome”; that sort of thing).
The illustrations are nice – I like the elephant in particular, playfully squirting water on his tot, which reminds me of bathtime. Though, it has to be said, usually it is the little one who is watering me, not the other way around. I mean, at bathtime you are bound to lose if you start a splashing war….what with the kids being in the water and already wet, and dad being next to the bath, still clothed. It’s a recipe for having to change just after you’ve got the little ‘un dry and dressed.
Anyway, Why I Love My Daddy is a perfect little bit of sentimentality, and really, you would have to have a heart of stone to page through the book and not feel a little twinge of emotion. “So it is more for the dads than the kids?” you ask. Well, not really. I think it is a good book to read with children because they like to be told that their parents love them and that they love their parents. My book was made all the more special the inclusion of a lot of lovely stickers on the inside covers and a beautiful card/bookmark that my daughter presented (very proudly) to me yesterday.
This is a perfect book for a cuddly read after an exciting day!