Parker, Kristy. My Dad the Magnificent. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1987.
Happy Father’s Day! Here is a great book for Father’s Day. It is about a boy and his Dad. Buddy’s Dad wears a suit, works in an office, and has meetings. He isn’t a lion tamer or a cowboy or a deep-sea diver. What make him magnificent to Buddy? Saturdays! Buddy and his Dad spend Saturdays together. From breakfast to bedtime, they work and play together. Here’s the wonderful end to this story.
Then he hugs me real tight, and he says, “I love you. See you in the morning.”
And you know what? My dad is the most magnificent in the whole world. And that’s the truth.
Here’s a picture of my Dad, taken for his high school graduation. He looks so young. He passed away several years ago, but I still miss him. He was a magnificent Dad! I am sure we were a trial for him. I remember when we were little, he would come home from his office, take off his tie, and spend some time wrestling with us. It was the best time of the day for us. I expect his was tired, but it never showed. I remember him raking up all the leaves in the yard and not getting angry when my sister and I jumped in the piles.
Our parents both had their skills, but for adventures you wanted Dad. He was the parent, who chaperoned our field trips. I remember him driving us around to go caroling. He was the one who took us fishing.
One of the strongest memories I have of him is on the day of my wedding. He was tall (at least taller than me), handsome, and strong. When I think of him now, it is the way I see him. He taught me so many lessons without words. How to be kind, how to be persistent, and how to be caring. He was a wonderful Dad!
Happy, happy, happy day to all fathers everywhere.