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My Dad Takes Care of Me Paperback – June 1, 1987

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Gr 1-3 When children at school ask the narrator what his father does for a living, he tells them that his father is a pilot rather than tell them the truthhis father has lost his job due to a factory closing. However, in reality, the little boy is quite glad that his father takes care of him while his mother works. His father fixes his meals, plays games with him, reads him stories, and listens to his fears. The book ends on a hopeful note; the little boy's father is retraining for another job and the little boy, who encounters a friend's father who also stays home all day, accepts that his father's job is to take care of him. Fine line illustrations enhanced with colored pastel hues on a snowy white background mingle well with the text, which brings to life an everyday occurrence and the fears that children can have about their families and their futures. A book that would be best shared on a one-to-one basis, and one that will be especially helpful to children whose families face this common situation. Carol McMichael, Greenfield Public Library, Ind.

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by Patricia Quinlan and illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (June 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920303765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920303764
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,987,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dad stays home in this role reversal tale, told by the son. Luke's father lost his job when the factory closed, and has been unable to find work. He's a default stay-at-home dad, which is not what I expected when I picked up this book. Still, he and Luke like the fact that they now have more time together, and Luke doesn't have to attend daycare or have babysitters. One sore spot is when classmates ask Luke what his father does for a living, he is compelled to lie, `He is a pilot.'

Luke's mother works while Dad attends a mail order school of accounting. Dad is seen crying when he fails to land a coveted job. Mom looks on sympathetically. Not only is the father the primary caregiver, he also shows `weaker' emotion.

I regarded this 1980s book as dated, because of the illustrations and the novelty with which the subject is treated. The illustrations are of a type popular in the 80s, with medium tone watercolors and sharp, thin outlines. They are not unattractive, just dreary, like a kitchen in need of remodeling. And I believe things have progressed enough so a child wouldn't feel he had to cover up the fact that his father stayed at home.
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