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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547237642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547237640
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 10.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–This book pays tribute to a father's unconditional love and patience. Instead of hurrying along, scolding, or ignoring his daughter, this daddy takes time, understands, and pays attention. The two spend the day at the seashore, where the father rescues his child from a slew of mishaps. The repetition of the phrase your daddy could say...But he doesn't, as in your daddy could say,/We've read that old story/ over and over./But he doesn't, reinforces the theme, and the color cartoon illustrations echo the lighthearted mood. Some children may relate to this depiction of fatherhood, but many will know that real dads do not always live up to these idealized expectations. Unlike Clements's previous work, this book belongs to the genre of sentimental keepsakes.–Holly T. Sneeringer, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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PreS-K. There aren't enough books that promote the father-child relationship, and that's what may make this one worth buying. A dad and his child (Son? Daughter? Unkempt hair and unisex clothes) spend time together. Common childhood experiences, such as a bad dream, are the focus of two-page spreads. The point of the text is that Daddy always knows the right thing to do or say, and that's the flaw. "Your daddy could say, 'Shh. Just go back to sleep.' But he doesn't. He . . . sits beside you until you fall asleep again." Yes, but there are plenty of dads (and moms) who would say words to that effect. And what's wrong with a dad telling a child not to play too close to the waves instead of just retrieving a beach ball? Kids whose father's words and behavior are more don'ts than do's may be confused or even disheartened. On the other hand, most children will recognize from their own lives the many kind things dads do, including rereading favorite stories or carrying a tired child inside. The cartoon-style art with its average-looking dad brings some much needed humor. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Most of my characters are fairly normal people who are dealing with the basics of everyday life--getting along with others, finding a place in the world, discovering talents, overcoming challenges, trying to have some wholesome fun along the way, and getting into some scrapes and a little mischief now and then, too. I guess I hope my readers will be able to see bits and pieces of themselves in the stories, particularly the novels that take place in and around school. School is a rich setting because schools and education are at the heart of every community. The stories that are set in school seem to resonate with kids, teachers, parents, librarians--readers of all ages. Everyone's life has been touched by school experiences. And I also hope, of course, that kids and others will enjoy reading, enjoy the use of language, enjoy my storytelling.

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My husband loves reading to our little one and this is one of his favorite books.
aliviasmama
Makes me appreciate what parents go through and how it is all reflected in how much we love our kids.
Arugula
Every time I read this book it reminds me to be more patient and affectionate with my children.
J. Zwergel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Payton on June 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My mom got this book for my husband right before our daughter was born... He loves it and it is exactly the way he is! The dad is so patient and understanding, and I cry every time I read it. It's such a sweet book to give a new dad!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kellie Cunningham Bliss on June 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book, not only for the loving ways the father interacts with his child, but also to serve as a gentle reminder to harried parents of other ways to be. Sometimes we all need to dig deeper into our souls to find yet another bit of patience for our children. This father reminds us how to turn away from those knee-jerk reactions to the normal needs of a child and continue to be loving, kind, generous, and helpful to our children. A beautiful, simple, poignant book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ashlee on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We first checked this book out at the library, but after several times I just bought her a copy. It's a very sweet book with simple words and familiar scenes. She can basically recite it now. When her daddy is out of town she almost always chooses it as her bedtime story. Daddy approves and it's one of his favorites to read to her.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on August 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This good goes in to detail of the many jobs a father has. It tells that he's the one that comforts your when you have a bad dream, brings you in from the cat when you are asleep and lots more. Why does he do these things? Because of the love he had in his heart for his kids! Great father's day read!

What did you like or not like about the book?

The pictures were fun to look at. The story moved at a fast pace as well.

Would you recommend the book? Why or Why not?

Yes. Little children need to know that their fathers love them very much. This book reinforces the concept well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Zwergel on November 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Every time I read this book it reminds me to be more patient and affectionate with my children. Parents can learn as much from reading children's stories as children do. The Runaway Bunny is the best children's story ever, but this must be the best one about a father I have ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By whitand on November 30, 2010
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Fun story, talks about what most dads would do or say, and then says what this dad will do and say instead because he loves you, reminds us of nicer ways to react to things kids do and say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilynn J. Pavlov on December 8, 2012
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Sometimes fathers are made to think that they are expendable. They aren't. Fathers provide a very significant grounding influence in a child's life and helps the child to grow into a balanced adult. This book will delight both the father and the child because it is a book about the unconditional love of a father for his child written for both to enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Y. Chang on November 25, 2012
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kids love the book! A well written book for my 3- and 4- year olds - a recently divorced dad.
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