Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Paris Rosenthal and Jack Rosenthal
Illustrator: Holly Hatam
Dear Boy is told from the perspective of a parent, guardian, or other loved one to a young boy and offers a series of simple, sentimental, and guiding messages to encourage social, academic, physical, and emotional health. The messages touch on honesty, kindness, inclusiveness, grit, self-confidence, and perseverance. The final piece of wisdom is that the parent (or loved one) is always there to offer love and support.
Dear Boy is a great conversation starter for children ages four to eight on topics of character and integrity. Each page includes advice and messages related to healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships and can act as launching-off points for more in-depth discussions with children for the transmission of character and values. The book contains a good variety of illustrations ranging from colorful, full-spread illustrations to simple graphics. The tone of the book is positive and uplifting and the perfect addition to a home or classroom library.