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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—This paean to fatherhood is not really a story but rather a list of all of the things the narrator's father knows, ending with, "He points out everything we see/And teaches all the names to me." It is simply a poetic love song and as such could be very effective. Unfortunately, the rhyme scheme is occasionally uneven. While lines like "My father knows the names of things,/Each different sort of bell that rings," work fine, they are followed by "And stones,/And knows the names of planets,/Stars,/And even human bones." The mixed-media illustrations, however, are wonderful. The boy and his dad exude love and companionship as they paint walls, study bugs, and fly in fanciful airplanes together. The pictures are full of movement and whimsy, and the final scene shows the child in bed in a darkened room, dreaming, with his father looking in on him. The paintings are detailed and varied and do an impressive job of depicting the imagery in Yolen's poem.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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A young boy relates in rhyme all the things his dad knows the names of; e.g., “He knows which mosses are the fuzziest, / He knows which insects are the buzziest, / And when we’re sailing on the sea / He tells the names of fish to me.” The sprightly watercolor-and-gouache illustrations put oomph into the tableaus; for instance, the spread for “He knows the names of dogs” portrays a female dog walker with seven irascible dogs in tow. In each example, the specific names in the category are not given, which could have provided a guessing/participation element. For example, while father and son paint a wall together, it is said that Dad knows seven words that all mean blue, yet those words aren’t named; rather, seven different shades of blue are daubed across the top of the page. But each event demonstrates a warm and caring relationship between father and son while communicating the boy’s palpable sense of pride. Preschool-Grade 2. --Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416948953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416948957
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Glacier Mom VINE VOICE on May 24, 2010
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The concept behind the book is sweet and true (if slightly patriarchal, like Adam naming the animals with God); to children it must seem magical that parents know the names of things with such specificity, yet without more wit or humor (the art could pull more weight here), it kind of fizzles. The book hits me as a product written to the Father's Day market, rather than a story written to children.
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This is quite a nice children’s book, portraying a slightly fantastic relationship between a boy and his father. I suppose all boys look up to their fathers who seem to know everything and seem to be able to do everything. And this book celebrates that wonderful, though sadly fleeting, time.

It’s a fun book, filled with colorful pictures and gently rhyming text that is just right for a 5-6 year old reader. My little reader enjoyed this book, and I did too. Three cheers for the world seen by a child!
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The concept has so much potential - and it all goes to waste in this book. It read like a child talking to another child, bragging about their father, which could have been cute if ANY of things "my father knows the names of" are actually named. Instead of living up to the description "My father knows the names of things. . . . And teaches all the names to me" the names of things remain a secret in this book. When talking about insects, which are the buzziest and which ones bite, there are pictures of many bugs with no labels. Seven words for blue and a picture with seven shades of blue? The author isn't telling what those words are.

All it would have taken was for the pictures to include labels and this would be a cute book that offers something to learn. As it is, there's no story and no reason to read it to your child.
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There is nothing to read in this book. There is no story and the illustrations are not interesting or colorful enough to capture the interest of a child. The acclaimed author must have done an experiment: "Lets see if they would publish such a worthless work just because I submit it." Well, they did.
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The read-aloud rhythm of this book is very, very good. The great thing about Dad is, he knows stuff that Mom doesn't even know he knows.

In our family, Dad knows how to whistle through a blade of grass.
He knows what the dog is dreaming about.
He knows why brown sunglasses are the best.
He knows stuff about meteorology.
He knows how and why to set the camera aperture.
He knows how to lay on the bottom of the pool for a long time.
And so much more.

Dads are full of surprises. All Mom has to do is hush for a while, and Dad becomes a one-man show.

This book has sweet illustrations. Simple, enjoyable book.
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My Father Knows the Names of Things, probably won't become a classic kids book, however I think it would make the perfect gift for any man and son. The book is beautifully illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. Her style is bright, colorful and has a definite water color paint look. Your child will not be bored with the pages as you turn from one amazing scene to the next. The book is only a few minute read with short sentences on each page, but I enjoyed discussing different painted objects on the page as we read along. The book discusses how as a child our parents seem "so all knowing" and seem to be able to answer all the questions of our wondering minds. The boy discusses (sometimes in rhyming form) how his dads knows everything from types of cheeses to kinds of clouds.

My only reason for not giving this book a five out of five stars was because this book, although cute and sweet, lacks any meaningful "lesson". Often we enjoy reading our children stories about character or a book where they might learn more about a subject. This book is more of a poem rather than that. However, like I mentioned earlier you are free to go into further discussion on the pages. For example, on the pages where all the planets are illustrated and all it says is that his dad knows all the names...although they aren't listed, you could teach them to your child and even go further talking about planets before turning the page.

Happy Reading. Great Father's Day gift idea.
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I really wanted to like this book. I have really enjoyed Jane Yolen in the past. I am a father, and the idea that your father is the person who helps you to learn the names of things around you, who stretches you emotionally and from a vocabulary standpoint (!) is a pretty wonderful concept. I strive hard to do this for my boys, and I was excited to share this with my children. Unfortunately, a fantastic concept was burdened by clunky writing. I think that the author was trying for whimsical, to my ear, it was just stilted. As with many children's books, I feel that this one was meant to be shared by reading aloud--however, the odd word choices and rhythmic choices that author made made it hard for my kids to enjoy and hard for me to read. Ultimately, we read this probably twice together, and they have not asked for it again. The book is well illustrated, but once more the style is nothing especially original, and the kids were not clamoring to see the illustrations as they do with some books. All in all, not bad, but give it a read before you buy it. I wish Ms. Yolen, who in general has a really wonderful imagination and a good feel for children's literature, had a chance to do a do-over on this one, because this fine book could have been really really wonderful.
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