“This is my Dad” is about the special relationship between a father and his child. It reflects the important role that a father plays in caring for and bringing up his offspring. In very few and simple words a little girl starts the story by mentioning animal fathers that look after their offspring. A penguin, a sea horse and a Marmaroun monkey. She then talks about her special relationship with her Dad, who is with her from the day she was born. This story reflects an atypical view of the Father role in our culture. It shows that a Dad’s role is not just about being a breadwinner, but how he also plays an important role in his children’s daily life.
About the Author
Dalia Mekkawy studied medicine at the University of Cairo and worked at Qasr al Ainy hospital as a family doctor. She was inspired to start writing when she had her first child Noor el Din and started writing books for her son’s age group. “This is My Dad” is her first published story.
About the Illustrator
Atefe Maleki Joo was born in 1977, Iran, and got her MA in illustration at Tehran Art University. An illustrator whose works have appeared in several exhibitions, she has illustrated several children’s books and also works for a number of children’s magazines. Maleki Joo has won several national and international awards, including the 16th Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations, 2008, and 4th CJ Picture Book, Korea. She has done illustrating for several animation movies, such as “The Fried Fish” that got accepted in Berlin International Film Festival 2015.