TELL ME A TATTOO STORY
by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.
What it's all about
A little boy asks his father to tell him about his tattoos. Each one has significance in Dad's life, especially the smallest tattoo, of a little heart with a very special date.
Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf…
As ever, Alison McGhee tells a story that vibrates with emotional resonance, and Eliza Wheeler's lovely illustrations bring to life Dad's colorful tattoos and the stories behind them.
My favorite lines…
"This one says 'Be kind.'
That's something my
dad used to tell me.
And I want to make sure
I always remember it."
My favorite illustration…
It's a treat for children, who always seem eager to hear stories about parents' lives before they came along.
Why grown-ups will love it…
It's a celebration of the special bond between parent and child that comes from storytelling. Parents might be inspired to share some of their own life stories with their little ones, whether they're connected to body art or not!