If I didn’t have you by Alan Klatz,Illustrated by Chris Robertson
This is an adorable and somewhat true story about all of the things that parents, and their children could do if they didn’t have each other.
The dad could have had a fancy sports car, take skydiving lessons, and have a personal butler; and the son would never have to clean his room, he could eat candy whenever he would want, and adopt as many pets as he wants.
But there is one thing they both agree on; they would rather have each other.
The illustrations are very appealing to young children because they are bright, colourful and exciting. My children loved looking at the pictures and giggling away and their humorous approach.
I really enjoyed reading this book with my children and they enjoyed reading it with me however, they were even more ecstatic to share it with their dad. There is stereotype of only having mums take responsibility, so this story breaks the glass ceiling as we see a positive father and son relationship.
As a parent and teacher, you can take away a lot from this book. Immediately after reading this, my children wanted to design their own sports cars! See below for some ideas.
It also inspired some other creative activities!
Another thing we started discussing at home were our house rules, it was an interesting way to create house rules together. It’s an easy link the children made themselves (particularly when the son wants to eat candy all day!) see below for an idea. Its also an easy way to introduce rules for a classroom. What might happen if we do things that we want all time and not think about others? How should we behave?
So what’s my overall verdict? Should you read this book? Yes! It’s a sweet story, perfect for bedtime, and I’m sure it’s something you will read time and time again.
My rating is 4/5 lilies!
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