It is because of memories like this that I have of my dad that I love the book Flying! by Kevin Luthardt so much. The book starts with a simple question:
"Papa, why can't I fly?"
The exchange continues between father and son with the father explaining that you need wings to fly and the son asking why he doesn't have wings.
"Well, that's because you have ARMS!
Well, why do I have arms, Papa?
To hold up yout HANDS, of course!"
This pattern continues throughout the book until the father raises the boy above his head so that he can "fly." Luthardt's bright illustrations filled with colorful birds are exactly how I think a child's imagination should be. The end brings it all home with the seemingly innocent new question of, "Papa, why can't I breathe under water?"
This book is wonderful to read with your kids, share with your dad and to spark some imaginative thinking. Thanks to my great dad and to Kevin Luthardt, who wrote a fabulous book that reminded me of how fun it is to be a kid.
Happy Father's Day!