|About William's Doll|
wanted a doll.
He wanted to hug it
and cradle it in his arms..."
|What happens when a boy wants a doll?|
|William's brother and friends and the boy next door call him a creep and a sissy. His father gets him a basketball ("He practiced a lot / and got good at it / but it had nothing to do / with the doll. / William still wanted one, and his father bought him an electric train set ("The tiny train/ threaded around and around the tracks/ with a clacking sound./ William made cardboard stations / and tunnels/ and bridges / and played with the train/ a lot. But he didn't stop wanting / a doll..." ).|
|Finally, his grandmother comes
to visit --- and at last William is understood. She gets William the doll (he
"loved it right away"). And she explains to William's father (who
'He's a boy!' he said , 'Why does he need a doll?'"
This is why William needs it:
|"so that when he's a father|
he'll know how to take care of his baby
and feed him
and love him
and bring him the things he wants,
like a doll
so that he can practice being a father. "
Have a Happy Fathers Day weekend, all you wonderful dads and moms!
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Father's Day Doll
My Mother In Law bought us this book when Son #2 was just a few months old.
She had been talking about it and I was unfamiliar with the story so I think she bought it for me as much as for our boys.
I love this book.
It's always the last few lines of the book that get to me
It brings tears to my eyes each time I read it.