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Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti Paperback – September 19, 1988


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - Preschool
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 19, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899197949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899197944
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Daddy picks Corey up from the daycare center, takes him grocery shopping and then home to cook a delicious spaghetti dinner. After dinner, Corey helps Mommy wash the dishes while Daddy turns into . . . Bathman! . . . and carries Corey off for a fun-filled bath. There's a time for a story and kisses all around before Corey hits the sheets. Simple, realistic pictures illustrate this warm celebration of family life. Hines clearly realizes the value to preschool readers of ordinary, everyday events: Corey's daily routine is comfortingly familiar. The author also knows the specialness of a playful daddy who is willing to be silly with his child. This light-hearted, happy book is of special appeal to children in Corey's situation, whose parents both work.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 Corey is a child in an ideal family. After his father picks him up at the day-care center, they shop for dinner and prepare supper. Spaghetti is piping hot when Mom arrives from her job. Then Daddy gets Corey ready for bed, and the happy threesome share a picture book and kisses. For many adults the story probably verges on fantasy, but preschoolers will find the tale reassuring. In fact, they will probably wish their own fathers would don shower cap and towel to turn into Bathman or use pajama feet for dog ears. The pictures, predominately in shades of pink, yellow and blue, are as soothing as the text, and the uncluttered rooms and spotless clothes contribute to an idealized vision of family life that many may desire but few achieve. Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ . , Minn.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's a great book for mommies and daddies to read!
"plworden"
I purchased this book as an addition to my own library as one of the books I hope my grandchildren will love as much as I have.
norma
My 10 month old adores this book, and both my husband and I love reading it to him.
Katie

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Tiedemann on June 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
After one reading this became our oldest grandchild's favorite book at the age of two. His mother says it's because his Daddy does all the things that the daddy in the book does -- shops for dinner, plays batman, tickles and hides, and carries Teddy (in the story it's Corey) to bed.
There's no such thing as a book being too advanced to read to a small child. You adjust the story as you go along. And this is the greatest story, with a naturalness and charm that even adults will enjoy.
Sunnye Tiedemann
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cookiesmart on April 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Shortly: This is one of my son's favourite books and has been since he was only one and a half years old. Fun, silly, and with a positive emphasis on the father/son relationship, this book really shines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 10 month old adores this book, and both my husband and I love reading it to him. He grins when Daddy transforms into Bathman or a doggie with pajama-bottom ears. He also loves when Daddy pretends Corey is a sack of potatoes.

The adults love it because it shows a family working together to get everything done and a child being nurtured and cared for by both mother and father; Daddy is really the star of the book. We also like the 1,2,3 that is used throughout the story. Its repetition provides a beautiful rhythm to the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookLovingMama on June 12, 2006
Format: Board book
What a wonderful book to share with your son and his father. This book may seem a bit outdated with its seventies style artwork, but the timeless tale is perfect for the modern day stay-at-home dad and the wonderful family experience of living in the moment and making everyday activities such as bathtime, washing dishes and making dinner lively, memorable events to be shared over and again. Very refreshing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Sherman on June 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book with colorful illustrations and a theme that fits today's families. The audio version is outstanding and the tunes are catchy and kids love them. I am ordering a replacement for our library -- we have an audio set, hardcover and baby's board book. It's that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "ainsleysmommy" on January 16, 2003
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A little long winded...more for pre-schoolers than for toddlers...but a good spin on the "traditional" family roles.
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By A Customer on September 28, 2003
Format: Board book
The book is unique in that it shows a family working cooperatively and also having fun. Daddy shops and cooks, and Mommy helps clean up. Both enjoy a story and a kiss good night with their son. My 4 year old boy has read this so many times, but still chuckles when the playful Daddy pretends Corey is a sack of potatoes at the store to buy and plays a dog with Corey's pj bottoms on his head. For any family where Mom and Dad do family chores equally, it is a pleasant relief from so many stories showing Mom doing the cooking and cleaning plus has the added bonus of being a very funny read.
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I know it's just a kid's book, and my daughter does enjoy reading it with me just fine, but I wanted to note that this book has very little to do with spaghetti. The story goes through the family's evening, and spaghetti is involved, but it is not a story about making spaghetti as one might expect. Illustrations don't really impress. But, as I mentioned, my 15-month old does enjoy reading this book with me. She enjoys daddy's surprises.
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I have been creating books for children for thirty years, with over sixty published titles. In that time I have seen many changes, from the early limited color and pre-separated art of such books as DADDY MAKES THE BEST SPAGHETTI--which I am very proud to say has been in print for twenty-five years--through full color and now digital art. I still enjoy being challenged and learning and trying new things.

It was working with a traditional art form--quilts--used untraditionally as illustrations for my poetry, that led me to doing more and more designing with the computer, and eventually, to creating completely digital art for some of my books.

I am now exploring the world of picture book apps, along with my husband, three daughters, and two son-in-laws in our newly formed company, appropo. We have a great mix of skills and have lots of fun working together creatively. Even the grandkids are getting involved. Check out the trailer for I AM A TYRANNOSAURUS and watch for our website at www.appropo.co.

Wherever my personal and professional life takes me, you can be sure it will involve children. I believe that all children are miraculous, and love to share in their fresh open-hearted discovery of the world.


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