n a simple, yet powerful way, Beaty tells a story of one boy with an absent father. At the beginning of the story, the father is very present in the boy’s life. The title comes from a game that the father and son play every morning. Then suddenly the father is gone. The boy goes day after day wondering and wishing. He finally receives a letter from his father, with life lessons that the boy carries with him into adulthood. Through the amazing illustrations of Bryan Collier, the reader sees the boy grow up into a successful adult surrounded by his own wife and children. He carries his father’s advice in his heart, though it seems that he never sees his father again.
This is obviously a great book for every school counselor to keep in her office. It can also be used by elementary through middle school teachers while teaching voice, tone, and mood. Collier’s illustrations lend themselves to a study in details. We see the boy’s world become darker when the father leaves. There is a rainbow in the boy’s room that falls. As the boy grows up, the colors become lighter and the scenes happier.
I give this one 5 out 5 stars!