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What Dads Can't Do Audio, Cassette – 2001

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Scholastic (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439305845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439305846
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,940,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What Dads Can't Do is written from a preschooler's admiring perspective of a dad's helpful habits. Any father will be delighted to think that perhaps some of that self-sacrifice is perceived in positive ways by the tykester set. This book would make a wonderful gift from a preschooler to her or his father for Father's Day. The humorous, warm watercolors of Stegosaurus-type dinosaurs make the messages tickle your laughter button even more than would usually occur with these dry one-liners.
"There are lots of things/ that regular people can do/ but dads can't."
" . . . can't cross the street without holding hands."
"Dads can push, but they can't swing."
"Dads can't pitch a baseball very hard or hit one very far."
"When dads play hide-and-seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you."
"They aren't very good wrestlers."
"Dads lose at checkers/ and cards/ and almost every other game."
"Dads aren't good at sleeping late. They can't comb their hair or shave by themselves."
"Dads like to go camping but they need lots of help setting up the tent." "And cooking."
As you can see, the manly virtues being praised here are inclusiveness and helpfulness. When dad operates like mom, then he "can't" do something . . . but that's really all right.
My favorites in the book include:
"Dads seem to have trouble holding on to their money." This is combined with an illustration of a dad buying a child a toy in a store.
"Dads like to go fishing, but they don't like to go alone. And they need extra practice baiting the hook."
"Dads can't read a book by themselves."
"Sometimes they leave a night-light on because they're a little scared of the dark.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holly Tucker on May 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you know a great dad who is raising young children,this book should be a part of the bedtime/naptime library in their home. This book is for the dad who makes time with his children, who understands them cares about the 'monsters under their beds'. The illustrations are whimsical and entertaining to both child and adult. Let the daddies in your life know that they are loved even when there are some things they CAN'T do only because they love their children so much!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on May 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Douglas Wood and Doug Cushman have gotten together and authored a terrific book about Dads. These poor creatures would be lost without their little ones to help them. Dads can't cross streets without holding hands, they're always found right away in a game of hide and seek, but they can never find you and they can't comb their hair or shave by themselves. Dads can't see you hiding your lima beans at dinner, can't read books by themselves and sometimes leave a night light on in your room because they're afraid of the dark...(they like to check under the bed and in the closet too). There are just so many things Dad can't do..... Mr Wood really captures the essence of a pre-schooler in this delightful picture book. His sweet and gentle text is complimented by Mr Cushman's expressive and detailed illustrations, as we watch father and son dinosaurs help each other through their day. What Dads Can't Do makes a wonderful father's day gift and many a Dad will be charmed as he shares this book with his little dinosaur. There is one thing Dads are really the best at...They never stop loving you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Miller on July 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book touched me the moment I started reading it. I am a father of two children and could relate to the "dad" in this book easily. This book has a beautiful message about the love father's have for their children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific gift for a dad's birthday or for Father's Day! Very touching!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Koster on May 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Even though the recommended age range for this book is 4-6, my two-year-old son loves this. He goes to his bookshelf specifically for it, "Dads can't!" I think this book shows the value of patience and mutual appreciation between parents and children, and I love it, too! The dad in the story reminds me of my husband, who is REALLY a wonderful dad!
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By Steven on March 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What Dads Can't Do
This is a fun book showing a dinosaur father and his son (or possibly daughter, it's hard to tell with dinosaurs) enjoying their daily activities and explaining all of the things that dads "can't do". The illustrations are amusing, and kids will enjoy working out the reasons why dads can't do so many things (such as giving their kids a bath without getting all wet!).
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By K. Penrod on January 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What Dads Can't Do is the perfect Father's Day gift. We first got this book as a gift for our preschooler from his teacher. My husband read it, loved it, and kept it! So I ordered another one for my kids. The story reminds us what it really means to love our kids.
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