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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805069755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805069754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—As a father puts his child to bed, he sings her a song filled with silly, fantastic, and humorous images. It follows a simple pattern-"If foxes play with balls and bats,/And chickens wear fine coats and hats...." The verses, one rhyming couplet per spread, culminate with the lines, "If this whole world turns inside out/And silly things are all about,/Remember what will still be true—/Your daddy's here,/and he loves you." The text is brought to life by Ritz's gouache illustrations, which use bold colors including purple, orange, red, and green in a fabulous, whimsical world where imagination flows wild and free. The combination of realistic depictions of the animals with comical expressions and unexpected colors is priceless. Pair this book with Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995) or Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942) for a storytime lovefest.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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About the Author

Lesléa Newman is a poet, an animal lover, and the author of many successful books for young readers. Lesléa lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Karen Ritz has illustrated more than forty books for young readers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

More About the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the teen novel in verse, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD; the middle grade novel, HACHIKO WAITS; the poetry collection, STILL LIFE WITH BUDDY; the short story collection, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK; and the children's books, A SWEET PASSOVER, THE BOY WHO CRIED FABULOUS, THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD, RUNAWAY DREIDEL! and MATZO BALL MOON. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD was named an American Library Association 2013 Stonewall Honor Book, and A SWEET PASSOVER was named a 2013 Sydney Taylor Honor as well. A past poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she is a faculty member of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest forthcoming poetry collection, I CARRY MY MOTHER is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through yahrtzeit (one-year anniversary), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems, written in a variety of forms (sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, sestina, terza rima, haiku, and others) are finely crafted, completely accessible, and full of startling, poignant, and powerful imagery. These poems will resonant with all who have lost a parent, relative, spouse, friend, or anyone whom they dearly love.

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By BN on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a cute story with lovely pictures. The story is heartwarming; a father sings a silly song to his daughter at bedtime. I bought it as a gift for a first time father. I was looking for a book specifically from the Dad point of view. There are so many "Mommy loves you" books but I finally found this perfect "Daddy loves you" book. It was very well received.
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