Tribute to Dad

Posted by Eileen Miller on May 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

With Father's Day just around the corner next month, I thought I would post a book my son and I read that reminded me of my father.  It is a heartwarming story about a young girl who wants to travel to Africa to escape her mean brothers.  It's called Loula is Leaving for Africa by Anne Villeneuve.

Loula attempts to tell her mother and father that she is leaving for Africa, but they are too busy to be concerned of her desires.  Therefore, she climbs a tree in her yard believing this to be in Africa.  The chaueffer finds out she believes she is in Africa to escape from her brothers and begins to take her on a fun adventure to where Africa really is located...which is not in the tree.

Gilbert, the chaueffer, shows her a map and the way to Africa.  He pretends the limosine is a ship that carries them across the ocean to Africa.  Walking to the playground they see snakes (which are really birds).  The playground, where he proceeds to push her on the swing, becomes a magical journey to Africa.  A horse becomes a giraffe as they travel to eat African food...cotton candy or ice cream.  All the rides on the playground become adventures on their journey to Africa.

In the park, they eventually get on a type of raft and sail over to watch the sunset on the grassy shore in Africa.  At the end of the story, the little girl falls asleep on their way home and Gilbert carries her through the door.

My own father made life feel like a trip to another country everytime I was with him as a little girl.  I felt like a princess in a movie when I was with my father.  It is amazing the impact fathers have on their daughters.  Gilbert reminds me of the moments I spent with my own father.  I had so much love and attention from him.  If you are a father, spend quality time with your daughters.

My dad passed away in 2007, and I have only the fondest memories of him.  Read this book to your children and emulate Gilbert.  Some of the warmest memories you can make with your children are when they are young.

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