Author: Christina Nicole Smith, Dolores Medgar
Publisher: self published
Publishing Date: 2016
The second edition features EIGHT more color images, 8.5 x 8.5 dimensions, and an easier-to-read layout for younger readers. Available in hardcover, paperback and ebook versions.
As a mother, how do you explain an absentee father to your child without blame, anger or resentment? Empower them! Seven-year-old Joseph shares his story about when he first learns about the POWER of choice he possesses after his father leaves and doesn't come back. His mother teaches him the difference between his father's choices and his own. Do Joseph and Mom become angry with Joseph's father? Well, a belief is just a thought you keep thinking over and over...find out what happens on Joseph's Journey!
(From pump up your book)
Unfortunately, in a few years, I will have to be dealing with the topic of explaining to my son on why his father is not here and why I don't want to be with his father, thus I looked forward to the book because I kind of hoped it would give me some ideas or some expectations on how he will feel. The book didn't really meet my expectations, and while I hoped there would be more focus on alternative male figures aside from the father in the boy's life, that did not happen either. The story is repetitive, and I wonder at the point of the notes in some pages since the main character repeats everything. Again, these are my feelings and I only represent myself, but I also felt as if the child is asked to hide his feelings rather than learn that they are okay to express. Since my son is less than a year, I am not sure how helpful it will be for him in the coming years, but I do know that the book was not helpful for me as the parent.
This is for Pump Up Your Book
2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)