SOCIAL SCIENCES

Folded Wisdom: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up

Celadon. May 2019. 224p. ISBN 9781250207791.pap. $20; ebk. ISBN 9781250207784. CHILD REARING
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An early riser, Guest's father had a daily routine of walking the dog, then sitting with a cup of coffee and a candle and penning illustrated notes to Joanna and her younger brother, Theo. The siblings still have 3,500 of these notes, a testament to their father's dedication. The son of a navy admiral, Bob Guest (or dad) remembers having only one conversation alone with his father and was determined to set a different example for his own children. An artist by trade, Bob made a commitment to express his love during the busy years of childhood. In her first book, Guest shares her father's sentiments ("sometimes the simple things are the most special") and addresses the issues that impact their world both personally (before a baseball game, "Prepare yourself as good as you can and study, work, and play with a passion to succeed") and on a broader spectrum (on 9/11: "Today is why we study history…to remember, to learn, to teach…to not repeat the mistakes").
VERDICT A delightful collection of illustrated notes that remind us of what matters and will undoubtedly make readers smile.

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