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A Perfect Father's Day Paperback – March 22, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (March 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395664160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395664162
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- Wide-eyed, curly-topped Susie offers to take Dad out to eat for "a perfect Father's Day" ("May I drive?," Dad asks), then to the duck pond ("You like to feed the ducks, don't you, Dad?"), then to the park ("Do you like the monkey bars?"). Clearly the perfect Father's Day requires the perfect father, and Susie's parent quite literally takes the cake. Meddaugh's balloon-colored cartoons are perfectly tuned to the spirit of the day. With more spontaneity than most made-to-order picture books, this is an engaging family portrait and a winning tribute to "Dad." --Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"It's Father's Day, and four-year-old Susie has planned a perfect outing with all the things she knows her dad will like the best. . . . Bunting's simple, witty text sketches a warm father-daughter relationship and affectionately glances at the four-year-old mind at work. Meddaugh's bright watercolors and pencil illustrations add to the humor as they show the two enjoying the day but with clearly differing levels of energy and points of view." Booklist, ALA

"Clearly the perfect Father's Day requires the perfect father, and Susie's parent quite literally takes the cake. Meddaugh's balloon-colored cartoons are perfectly tuned to the spirit of the day. With more spontaneity than most made-to-order picture books, this is an engaging family portrait and a winning tribute to 'Dad.'" School Library Journal

More About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world. Her other Clarion titles for very young readers include My Big Boy Bed, which was also illustrated by Maggie Smith, and Little Bear's Little Boat, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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The artwork was colorful as well.
B. Elaine Hernandez
It's a nice activity for a child to read it to their dad on father's day.
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A great book but got it for my husbands first Father's Day.
GKmommy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
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I gave this book to my father for father's day. It tells the charming story of a young girl and the relationship she has with her father. She wants to spend Father's Day with her Dad doing all the things he loves. Instead they do the things she loves to do and like every good Dad he goes along and pretends they are his favorite things too. It seems like he's thinking, "without her I wouldn't be celebrating this day". Any father would love to read this book to his child and cherish it as a gift.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cambridge reader on June 25, 2009
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I love this book! I always check books out of the library first to see if they meet my criteria for reading to my 4 y o daughter, and very few of them I end up buying- this one I will be buying. A spunky girl in shorts and a t-shirt plans and executes a day-long outdoor active adventure. The illustrations are hilarious - you can read the mind of the cat and the dad, who are peacefully relaxing until the energetic child arrives. I love how the dad acts in this book- very patient and loving, just BEING with his daughter, and I love his floral shirt! It just doesn't get any better than this. Thank you Eve Bunting and Susan Meddaugh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Gandolfo on October 7, 2012
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Since I was a young girl, my father read this to me every year on Father's Day. It was our favorite book, especially since I could empathize with the daughter's innocent self-centered demeanor. Once I could read, I would read it to him every Father's Day. It became a tradition that lasted many, many years. I'm 23 now and out on my own, but I still have this tucked away in my bookshelf. A Perfect Father's Day will always have a special place in my heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamara B. on January 21, 2014
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This is a cute story and made a perfect Father's Day gift from my infant daughter to my husband. I love watching him read it to her (and she loves it too!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GKmommy on July 24, 2013
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A great book but got it for my husbands first Father's Day. Daughter ways too young for this book - maybe 2 or 3 year olds would be better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Elaine Hernandez on July 17, 2013
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It was a gift to my sons. They seemed to enjoy the story they read to their babies. The artwork was colorful as well.
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Cute book, nice addition to a Father's Day gift!
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