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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Jamie did not have a dad and he always thought of him when he tried to help his brother, Chris. Jamie loved the old TV programs and he always wanted his dad to be someone just like Andy Taylor, Sheriff of Mayberry. He would often pretend that Sheriff Taylor was his dad and whatever lesson his son Opie learned, Jamie learned too. Chris looked up to Jamie as he would to a father and Jamie tried his best to help Chris. He wished he had a real dad who would teach him things and he could go to with his problems. Jamie's favorite episode in the TV program was Opie trying to save money to buy his girlfriend a new coat for winter and how his Pa reacted to it after finding out the reason. What happened when Jamie met Andy Clark, their new county sheriff who happened to be a friend of his mom's? Would his dreams of having a real dad be fulfilled?
Andy by Mary Dalton is a wonderful story that will equip children to deal with the loss of a father. The story also makes them realize how difficult it is for children to cope with their daily lives without a dad. The story also tackles the topic of step-fathers and how single moms can remarry and give kids a new father, and have a complete and happy family. Adrienne Anderson's illustrations are adorable and they make the concept palpable to readers through the characters of Jamie and his brother, Chris. It is heartwarming to see how Andy bonds with the two boys, Jamie and Chris, and it gives hope to readers who don't have a parent and want to have a real one. The story has action and adventure and can be used for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms, school libraries, and homes to bring a smile to the faces of children.