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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Very Best Dad (The)
by Sueli Menezes
Age Range: Under_5
Set in the Amazon, a little boy is excited because he is going fishing with his grandfather. He is anxious to catch a big fish so that he can show it to his friends who are always laughing at him. The boy is impatient but his grandfather tells him that it takes time so they drift silently among the water-lilies for hours. The little boy wonders if they will ever catch anything but suddenly a huge shining fish appears in their net. The boy’s grandfather insists that the fish must be put back into the river explaining to his grandson why this must be and how the fish is really the ‘very best Dad’.
The author, Sueli Menezes was born in the Amazon but now lives in Austria. She has created a gentle tale of a boy’s growing awareness of the importance of living in harmony with nature and how it needs to be respected. The mood is captured perfectly by Annika Siem’s bold, muted, darkly coloured illustrations.