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Reviewed by Joshua Soule for Readers' Favorite
A Heart for Daddy: Helping Kids Recover from Parent’s Self-Harm is a children’s book by Leticia Murphy and Sharon Walling designed to help children better understand and cope with the loss of a parent via suicide. The book starts by affirming that the struggles and feelings the little boy has are normal, and it’s okay to be sad, cry, and not want to do things. As the book progresses, you begin to feel a sense of hope as the boy slowly begins to move toward a sense of normality. Even with good days and bad days, though it may be difficult, and though that pain may never go away, he eventually understands that he will be okay in the end.
I must say that I am very impressed with the obvious effort that was poured into A Heart for Daddy. Authors Leticia Murphy and Sharon Walling have done an excellent job in creating this book that inspires hope but does not patronize the reader or belittle what they are going through. Though it is written in a simplistic form appropriate for children, a reader of any age who is experiencing loss due to suicide would benefit from reading A Heart for Daddy. The illustrations, done by Debbie J. Hefke, are full, colorful, and the perfect visualizations for the book. Though the subject matter is extremely difficult, authors Murphy and Walling have done a wonderful job of talking about the subjects that others will not. If you or someone you know is experiencing loss due to suicide, A Heart for Daddy is highly recommended.