I rarely read book reviews, but I happened to read one about My Father’s Arms are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde. It describes Lunde’s book as “lyrical” – and I can’t think of a better way to describe it.
Many things are implied in the text – the young boy’s anxiety, the father’s sorrow, the mother’s death – but nothing is stated explicitly, which is, I think, what makes this book so beautiful.
The father and son spend time together, saying little while observing nature, wishing on a shooting star.
My Father’s Arms are a Boat is a soothing book, perfect for a late-night read aloud before bed. It’s comforting, as these two comfort each other in the dark.
Highly recommended for ages 2 – 8.