As parents, we know that adults and children inhabit different worlds. Sons spy bears in the woods; fathers see the hand of God in each gesture of the newborn. All mothers and fathers want to bring those two worlds together and open their hearts, minds, and wisdom to their children, but the words are hard to find. Dear Charlie, by author and father-of-four Christopher Kimball, is a tender and uplifting compilation of just such words. These are heartwarming letters we want to send to our children and unspoken words we wish our parents had left for us -- all filled with eternal truths that apply to any age.
The gentle, thoughtful letters in Dear Charlie make perfect companions for those rare moments of peace in any parent's busy life. Christopher Kimball, known to cooking enthusiasts as the editor of Cook's Illustrated magazine, has collected a lovely series of letters he has written to his four children over the years, some for a specific child, and some as part of a general correspondence to them all. The letters are full of the wonders of children, and the delights and questions they bring to their parents daily. Divided into chapters, the letters fall into categories such as "Lessons Learned" and "Amazing Grace." If time doesn't allow for reading the chapter all at once, each letter stands well on its own. With tales of small New England towns, warm kitchens, walks by a river, and other simple joys, the mildly spiritual overtones in this book are a soothing reminder to slow down and enjoy each passing moment spent as a family. --Jill Lightner