This spoken word became a children’s book, winning the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
A young boy and his father play a game every day, where his father knocks on the door and he pretends to be asleep then jumps into his arms.
That is their special moment. All children should have a special moment with a parent. It is what makes us human. How we show love.
Then one day… the knock doesn’t come and neither does his father. A familiar story for many little boys but what makes this special is the REST of the story.
He goes on the explain a child’s yearning for his father. The expressions of loss in the artwork (both watercolor and collage)are both awe inspiring and profound.
Not leaving the story there, Beaty takes us through the rest of the journey with a father’s response to his child’s letter. A story of hope and not letting your circumstances define you are prevalent in this story.
Be sure to read the author’s and illustrator’s notes at the end. They really define this book.
The spoken word performed by Daniel Beaty.