Mi Padre Fue Rey. (My Father Was a King)
MI PADRE FUE REY. (My Father Was a King.) 11. by Philippe Goossens. ISBN 84-263-4725-8. Zaragoza: Edelvives, 2002. 26 pp. $16.95. A little boy is delighted with his father until three dignified men ask him to be king. When his father accepts, life at home changes completely. His father becomes so big that they can no longer play hideand-seek or even live in the same house. The father’s loneliness and sadness impel him to return the crown and become again the best father in the world. Originally published by Clavis, Belgium, this simple yet powerful story, narrated in the first-person, depicts the issues of time and parental obligations in a manner that even the young can understand. The forceful, rectangular-vertical lines of the colorful double-spread illustrations add to the pathos and emotional tone of this story. Ages 4-7.
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