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That's Papa's Way Hardcover – April 27, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374374457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374374457
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,611,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K—A father and his daughter start their fishing day by going into the woods to look for earthworms. Her methods are all her own since, "that's my way." Papa picks up worms with his fingers; she scoops them up with a shovel. This is a quiet story, just the telling of the small pleasures that make up an outing on the lake. Both catch fish and go home to have dinner with mom and baby brother. The illustrations in pastel and ink are perfect for conveying the sense of calm that the story requires. The full-bleed spreads show the expanse of the water and the pines, and the depiction of the wildlife is just detailed enough to be naturalistic. The only thing that really happens here is that a father and a daughter spend a lovely day together. And that's something to celebrate.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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As the sun rises, a young girl and her father dig for earthworms in the woods, collect oars and life jackets, and row onto the lake for a day of fishing. In spare lines, the girl describes the day’s fun, noting the differences that make her and her dad unique. For example, Papa picks up worms with his fingers (“that’s his way”), but the girl prefers to use her shovel (“that’s my way”). What dad and daughter share is their affection for each other: when Papa gives his daughter an end-of-day hug, she says, “I hug him back, because that’s my way, too.” Small sensory details evoke the lake-house setting, from the sound of twigs snapping underfoot to the feel of the wind pushing the boat. But it’s the quiet, understated love between a parent and child that kids will connect with most. As in Emily Jenkins’ What Happens on Wednesdays (2007), Castillo’s winning artwork, rendered in thick charcoal lines and textured layers of paint, finds realistic, reassuring tenderness in a family’s everyday activities. Preschool-Grade 1. --Gillian Engberg

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In this simply told story, a daughter and her Papa spend the day fishing. The importance of the ordinary comes alive because of the young girl's narrative. "The sun is rising like a big yellow balloon. The water is still." This is how a child looks at and describes her world. `Papa's way' is to be himself. Papa picks up worms with his fingers, "I scoop them up with my shovel." Papa whistles as he rows, "I sing "Whoosh"." Papa's way is to allow his daughter to be her self, to respond to things her way. The intimacy of the story becomes dynamic due to the full, naturally rich illustrations of Lauren Castillo. The eyes have it: the way Papa and daughter look at each other is exceptionally beguiling. Broad pictures and the short narration make it a perfect read-aloud, but this book begs to be read again in quiet moments.
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Papa and his little girl are holding hands as they walk down the dirt path away from the house. Mama waves goodbye to them, but they don't seem to notice as it is early in the morning and they are heading to the woods to find some earthworms. Once that job is finished, they get the life jackets and fishing rods and head to the water front where she tumbles into the boat, anxious to go fishing.

They face in other in the dinghy as he rows. "He whistles with each swaying movement, because that's Papa's way" She sings "Whoosh as each small wave washes against the side of the boat." Sometimes that is the way little girls talk about how the waves move the boat. He casts, she drops her line next to the boat, but both smile and look content. Papa can wait patiently, but she is fidgety. It's nice to be out on the lake together. Soon a fish is caught and dropped into a bucket. "You'll get one soon," he says to her. She casts a disappointed look at her line, but wait . . . is that a fish lurking in the lily pads underneath the boat?

It's always fun when there are parent/child days. Each child is a unique individual and isn't quite the same as their parents. This is a charming story of a father and daughter outing where a little girl is just beginning to notice that they each do things a bit differently, but in the end she notices that their love for each other is expressed in exactly the same way. The art work has a darkened, but very appealing and comforting look about it. This would be a wonderful cuddle up tale to be shared between a father and daughter!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Banks, Kate. That's Papa's Way. Pictures by Lauren Castillo. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2009.

This is a sweet story of a father and daughter fishing trip: a little girl describes how they do things differently yet together. When they gather worms, her father picks them up with his fingers, "That's his way" while she drops them in their collection can using her shovel. Her father whistles as he rows and she sings "whoosh as each small wave washes against the side of the boat." The daughter holds the fish she caught proudly out to her mother and brother while her father hides his pail of fish behind his back so his daughter gets the attention. The lovely illustrations, some full page, some framed inside a circle in the center of a page with lots of white space around it adroitly reflect the activities and interactions of the day as it progresses from dawn until night. There is a very sweet picture of the father and his daughter holding the oars together as a family of ducks swim by the boat. The front and back inside cover pages are a green-blue hue that mirror the color of the lake depicted in the story and the serene atmosphere of this book. Share with children, K-4.
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