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Dad's Camera
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A moving portrayal of love and loss captures who -- and what -- we leave behind once we're gone. <br> <br> One day Dad comes home with one of those old cameras, the kind that uses film. But he doesn't take photos of the regular things people photograph. He takes pictures of his keys, his coffee cup, the objects scattered on his desk. He starts doing a lot of things that are hard to understand, like putting items that belong in the fridge in the cupboard and ones that belong in the cupboard in the fridge. In a sensitive, touching tale about losing a family member to a terminal illness, Ross Watkins and Liz Anelli prove that love is the one thing that can never be forgotten.
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A young boy notices that his father does odd things, like putting food in the cabinet instead of the refrigerator. Later, Dad buys an old-fashioned film camera, takes pictures of ordinary household items, and puts the images up all over his study. The challenge of having an ill parent is delicately handled, and the text purposefully is vague, though a brief author's note explains Watkins' personal experience losing someone to Alzheimer's. Anelli effectively uses the child's perspective, depicting the boy observing his father's increasingly strange behavior, while being accepting and loving toward him. The process of getting film developed, viewing negatives, and making prints is explained for contemporary children who may have no context for nondigital photography, and the multimedia artwork conveys the present with just a hint of nostalgia. Front endpapers display a gallery of family photos, while the back endpapers show the pictures the son takes with Dad's camera, demonstrating the touching way he carries on his father's memory. A bittersweet book about illness, mourning, and grief that movingly emphasizes the importance of remembrance.--Lucinda Whitehurst Copyright 2010 Booklist
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