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Can You Hear Me, Daddy? by Y.Y. Chan is a poignant and heartrending story of death, loss, and grief. Renee's Daddy told them one morning that the doctors found cancer in his body. He told them that cancer would spread and he would become weak. Renee did not know what to do and she asked God for help. For her Dad's surgery, her Mommy let her take a day off school so that they could go to the hospital together. She also wanted to be there when her Dad woke up. It was a long surgery and finally when Daddy opened his eyes, Renee had tears of joy in her eyes. But her Daddy was slowly getting worse and Renee tried to cheer him up every day after school. After he passed away, Renee wondered if he could hear her when she talked to him and if the blue butterfly that fluttered around the flowers and sat on her shoulder meant anything
Written in a diary format, Can You Hear Me, Daddy? by Y.Y. Chan is also a beautiful story of hope and faith. Pearly L's illustrations are soothing and breathe life into the plot and the characters. Many readers will be able to connect with the story and it will leave readers teary-eyed. This book is also a good way to discuss the topics of loss, death, and grief with children and it also shows them how faith in Christ can be comforting as it tells them that they are reuniting with their Father in Heaven and death is not an end. The book can be used in homes and classrooms to have discussions about death and eliminate the fear associated with it, looking at it in an uplifting way.