Thursday, November 6, 2014

Father shifts gears

Jukka Laajarinne 2013: Isä vaihtaa vapaalle
illustrations: Timo Mänttäri

Fathers' day is celebrated in Finland on the second Sunday in November. This inspired me to find a book about dads.

In this book little girl Puolukka (Cranberry) asks her parents to spend time with her. Her father is an agent and decides to quit his job.

Together they take the car and drive to the country side. They sleep under a spruce and enjoy life. Then dad says they are running out of money and they have to get back.

He returns to his old job, but only for part time. He still gets to spend more time with his daughter.

 The illustrations remind me of advertisements made in the 1960s. Some of the spreads are made in a comic book style.

There has been talk about increasing the workweek, but considering the unemployment rate, shouldn't it be decreased? If everyone worked 30 hours a week, wouldn't there be more work available?

This book is a great exaple of men, too, wanting to spend more time with their kids.

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