My own son-in-law, having recently joined the Naval Reserves, was away from my daughter and grandson and his family for three months during Boot Camp. Their happy reunion was full of tears and smiles, as well as relief and exhaustion, after an acknowledgement of hard work, sacrifice, and a job well done was showered upon the graduates at their Pass and Review ceremony when Boot Camp was finally over.
The first book is The Fathers Are Coming Home, by Margaret Wise Brown. She wrote it between 1942-43 for WWII soldiers, but it was only recently published (2010). The illustrations are by Steven Savage. I blogged about this book in the past, here. (My little grandson actually gave this book to his Daddy after Boot Camp graduation, for an early Father's Day gift.)
linoleum block print illustrations in this story that begins with fathers coming home at nightfall - fish fathers, bug fathers, dog fathers, bird fathers, and snail fathers (my grandson's favorite), to name a few - and ends with a boy's father, who is a sailor, coming home from sea.
The second book I'm sharing with you today is Catching Kisses (2103) by Amy Gibson. My daughter found this book recently at the library, and we both were reminded of The Father's Are Coming Home. We fell in love with Maria Van Lieshout's wonderfully detailed silhouette illustrations.
So whether you're a father at home, or afar, "Happy Father's Day!"