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Father's Day Pt 1: African American Father Writes New Book

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African American Father Defies The Odds:  
Authors Children’s Book On Parenting His Daughter.....

In a time when African American men represent a disproportionately high percentage of the country’s prison population, children’s books by black men are rare. With only 38% of Black families in a two parent household, one black father has defied the odds and authored his first children’s book on parenting his daughter.  Playtime to Bedtime: Memories That Last Forever captures the reflections of a father’s daily routine with his daughter, Jules.  Written by Jamaican born Jerome Farquharson (pronounced   Far’-ka-son) and illustrated by Mehwish Umber of Pakistan, the book brings new meaning to putting a daughter to bed while reflecting on the passing of time as she grows older each day.

Written in 2010 when Farquharson established a co-parenting routine of caring for his infant daughter, Julianna (Jules) while his wife, Lorna, worked in the afternoon, Playtime to Bedtime represents the unconditional love one father has for his daughter.

The book, published by JFAR Books in 2011, is decidedly different from the stereotypical examples of black men who neglect the responsibilities of their homes and families. It demonstrates the careful routine of supervising Jules during playtime, feeding her at dinnertime, preparing her for bed, reading her a story, and lovingly tucking her in for the night. It represents a father’s love for his daughter that any parent of any racial background can understand on a personal level.

For a different spin on African American men, tune in to today's show.

For more information about purchasing the book, log onto www.playtimetobedtime.com.

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