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Groundwood Books

Weekend Dad

Written by Naseem Hrab • Illustrated by Frank Viva

For students in grades K - 2 | Published May 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773061092
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Marriage & Divorce

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Regular price $22.95 CAD

36 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Weekend Dad

Naseem Hrab • Frank Viva

A little boy spends the weekend at his dad’s new apartment in this picture book about how things change when parents separate — and the important things that stay the same.

“This home is home because my dad is here, and it’s nothing like home because my mom isn’t here,” thinks the boy in this story when he enters his dad’s new apartment for the first time. His dad moved out on Monday and now it’s Friday night, the start of his weekend with his dad.

The boy and his dad follow their normal weekend routine — they eat eggs for breakfast, play cards and spend time at the park. And then they do the same things on Sunday. It is hard to say goodbye at the end of the weekend, but Dad gives his son a letter to remind him that, even if they can’t always be together, the boy is loved.

Naseem Hrab has written a poignant yet hopeful story, strikingly illustrated in Frank Viva’s signature style, about what happens when parents separate, and the new reality of having two homes.

Key Text Features
author’s note
writing inspiration

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Awards and Praise
  • Nominated Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books, 2020
  • Winner Toronto Public Library First and Best, 2020
  • Commended CCBC Choices, 2021
  • Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books of the Year, 2020
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