From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy. Here, Greene shows a man spending time with his son through all four seasons. They camp, rake leaves, walk in the snow, and fly kites. Although the months are not named, there is a spread for each one. The rhyming and metered text is simple with only one couplet per page, and the poetry flows naturally. The words cross the illustrations in wavy, large-print type that leads the eye from page to page. Both the text and illustrations give a sense of cheerfulness and warmth in the child's suburban neighborhood. Smith adds enough detail to the watercolor and acrylic scenes to make them active and interesting. Tim Warnes's Daddy Hug
(HarperCollins, 2008) addresses the same topic through loving animal fathers.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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About the Author
Rhonda Gowler Greene was an elementary learning disabilities teacher before she received her Masters degree in Educational Media. She is the author of over a dozen books, including Firebears, The Rescue Team, Barnyard Song, and At Grandma's. She lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with her family.
Maggie Smith has both written and illustrated several books, including One Naked Baby and has illustrated over a dozen. She lives in Seattle, Washington.