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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Daddy, My Hero by Terri Kelley is a tribute to parents serving in the US military and the effects it has on their children, who often experience negative emotions because of their parents' prolonged absence. The story is of love, separation, sadness, and at the same time that of pride, too. The colors and emotions are beautifully expressed in the story. There is a tinge of sorrow, which is a reality when it comes to the lives of any soldier's family.
Children's stories are the best when they have something educational and interactive for young readers and when they portray a concept. The illustrations in children's stories have an important part to play because the images lend clarity to what the authors are trying to convey. The illustrations in this book are bright and full of color. The educational concept of introducing a child to what is meant by a 'soldier' and his duties is well expressed.
The illustrator has executed the author's thoughts and emotions very well. The pictures are expressive and convey the emotions perfectly. A child missing her father who is away on an assignment for the country is conveyed delicately by the author. By the time children finish the book, they will be familiar with the duties of a soldier and the sacrifices their families have to go through. On the whole, it is a beautiful book, ideal to be kept in school and children's libraries. The book will make a good bedtime story and read-aloud story book.