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Hero Dad School & Library Binding – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (November 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761457135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761457138
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–This sunny picture book opens with the stirring words, “My dad is a superhero.” However, readers soon discover that he is not a caped crusader: he is a United States soldier in fatigues. As the proud boy explains, Dad has real-life corollaries to the traditional superhero accessories, for example, a rifle instead of a laser gun. The illustrations often flesh out the child's vision. The words on one spread, “He can't fly–well, sometimes he can,” are accompanied by a picture of Dad and his buddies parachuting from a plane. The bright, cartoon artwork makes the book child-friendly and evokes superhero comic books. Meanwhile, the luminous watercolors make the difficult subject matter approachable for young children faced with separation from military parents. Hardin's first-person narrative helps them voice their own feelings, and reassuringly, this dad comes home. For most collections, especially those serving military communities.Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Beginning with the statement “My dad is a superhero,” a young boy shares information about activities engaged in by his father, an American soldier stationed in what looks to be the Middle East. The boy’s simple narration and the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations make it clear that the superhero status doesn’t come from a fantasy (e.g., flying through the air, X-ray vision) but from the very real actions soldiers perform daily in the course of duty: driving a tank, jumping out of an airplane, and so on. Although there are many picture books available about a parent in the military, what makes this unique is the very basic format, featuring one sentence per double-page spread, and the solemn, uncluttered illustrations clearly portraying the father’s actions. Another nice tweak is Hardin’s focus on the activities of the military parent, while many other authors tend to focus on the child’s activity while the parent is away. Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos

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Easy read for my 5 and 7 year old.
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All parents love to see their children happy, and hopefully these books will make the day a little more special.
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This book is important as it provides an affirming view into the military family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on August 1, 2012
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This is our 3rd deployment but our kids are older now at 5 and 3 so they actually realized what was happening this time. To start the dedication in this book is to an elementary school in Graf. Germany which happens to be about 2 hours from us, and the author was a teacher at one time there which I thought was pretty cool. The first time we read it I cried my silent tears and missed my hubby. The next few times the kids started asking what does camouflage mean? What is a platoon? Now when I read 'My dad doesnt wear an invisible suit, he wears camouflage' my 3 year old says 'My daddy does that!' and my 5 year old says 'Camoufladge is colors.' It's a great bedtime story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krieks on March 1, 2011
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My three year old received this book for Christmas and it INSTANTLY became one of his favorites! It's a fun, easy to read book that points out how a military dad is just like a super hero. For our family, it helped to validate for my son why his Daddy wears a certain uniform to work everyday and why he has to be "at work" for long periods of time, among other things. While it is somewhat specific to the Army, I believe it would be an appropriate book for ANY military family, regardless of branch. If you've got a loved one who is deployed or know someone who does, it makes a GREAT gift for their family!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JMama on November 17, 2010
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My husband is currently deployed with the Navy for the 3rd time and I wanted a book to be able to read to our 4 year old. This book is absolutely adorable! One page reads..."He doesn't have X-ray vision---he has night vision." It compares the military parent to a super hero in ways that children can completely relate to. All of my children truly enjoyed this book. The oldest is 9 years old. I would readily recommend this book to any military family preparing for or dealing with a separation.
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As a career NCO family with kids, we go to a lot of kids parties. I give this book almost every time to kids 1-5 years old - it's perfect to add to another gift, most people haven't heard of it, and it addresses hard parts of the lifestyle in an approachable manner. Our baby loves it too - it's nice to psychologically prepare kids for the separations this line of work entails. As NCOs, its nice to contribute to family well-being in a non-pushy way. The race of the main characters isn't starkly white like many kid's books, which is great for identifying with minorities (which we are). Overall, a great buy at a great price.
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By E. A. Lekberg on January 8, 2014
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This book is important as it provides an affirming view into the military family. It is valuable to show kids of service members that even when it's hard to see, their parent's service is heroic and necessary.
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By Jay B. on December 26, 2013
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My son and I really enjoyed this book. Easy read for my 5 and 7 year old. Story is nice and really heartfelt for those currently serving and veterans.
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By Amy Grandpre on December 15, 2013
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Excellent book for young kids on veteran's day! It helps make the concept of veteran's day more accessible for preschoolers and early elementary children. Very touching--I cried every time I read it out loud.
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By Lola on December 11, 2013
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My son is 3; got this book when he was still 2. He loves this book and I think it's very cute!
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