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Because Your Daddy Loves You Paperback – May 4, 2009

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–This book pays tribute to a father's unconditional love and patience. Instead of hurrying along, scolding, or ignoring his daughter, this daddy takes time, understands, and pays attention. The two spend the day at the seashore, where the father rescues his child from a slew of mishaps. The repetition of the phrase your daddy could say...But he doesn't, as in your daddy could say,/We've read that old story/ over and over./But he doesn't, reinforces the theme, and the color cartoon illustrations echo the lighthearted mood. Some children may relate to this depiction of fatherhood, but many will know that real dads do not always live up to these idealized expectations. Unlike Clements's previous work, this book belongs to the genre of sentimental keepsakes.–Holly T. Sneeringer, University of Maryland, Baltimore
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PreS-K. There aren't enough books that promote the father-child relationship, and that's what may make this one worth buying. A dad and his child (Son? Daughter? Unkempt hair and unisex clothes) spend time together. Common childhood experiences, such as a bad dream, are the focus of two-page spreads. The point of the text is that Daddy always knows the right thing to do or say, and that's the flaw. "Your daddy could say, 'Shh. Just go back to sleep.' But he doesn't. He . . . sits beside you until you fall asleep again." Yes, but there are plenty of dads (and moms) who would say words to that effect. And what's wrong with a dad telling a child not to play too close to the waves instead of just retrieving a beach ball? Kids whose father's words and behavior are more don'ts than do's may be confused or even disheartened. On the other hand, most children will recognize from their own lives the many kind things dads do, including rereading favorite stories or carrying a tired child inside. The cartoon-style art with its average-looking dad brings some much needed humor. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547237642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547237640
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Payton on June 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My mom got this book for my husband right before our daughter was born... He loves it and it is exactly the way he is! The dad is so patient and understanding, and I cry every time I read it. It's such a sweet book to give a new dad!
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This is a wonderful book, not only for the loving ways the father interacts with his child, but also to serve as a gentle reminder to harried parents of other ways to be. Sometimes we all need to dig deeper into our souls to find yet another bit of patience for our children. This father reminds us how to turn away from those knee-jerk reactions to the normal needs of a child and continue to be loving, kind, generous, and helpful to our children. A beautiful, simple, poignant book!
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We first checked this book out at the library, but after several times I just bought her a copy. It's a very sweet book with simple words and familiar scenes. She can basically recite it now. When her daddy is out of town she almost always chooses it as her bedtime story. Daddy approves and it's one of his favorites to read to her.
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I got this book as part of a father's day gift from our toddler to her daddy. The story is cute and appropriate in our case. (There is one page that talks about when you lose your shoe your daddy could say why didn't you put it where you could find it but instead he searches through the house for it. Replace shoe with car keys and daughter with wife - and that is my husband's life!).

There is no mom in any of the illustrations or plot line. This book is JUST dad and daughter so it may be a nice buy for a divorced/single dad since I see so many books that gear towards mom and dad in the picture. Or it could just be a father/daughter outing too. Just something I noticed.

All in all a nice book about a father/daughter's day where the dad is patient and loving despite the daughter making a few mistakes.
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Sometimes fathers are made to think that they are expendable. They aren't. Fathers provide a very significant grounding influence in a child's life and helps the child to grow into a balanced adult. This book will delight both the father and the child because it is a book about the unconditional love of a father for his child written for both to enjoy.
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Every time I read this book it reminds me to be more patient and affectionate with my children. Parents can learn as much from reading children's stories as children do. The Runaway Bunny is the best children's story ever, but this must be the best one about a father I have ever read.
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Charming little series of situations - my daughter loves to read this with me before her bedtime. Added bonus - some of the anecdotes in the book actually made me react better to difficult situations such as when she's throwing a tantrum to watch more TV on a Saturday morning.

So a book that my daughter loves and something to learn in it for a single dad too - that's a great twofer from this inexpensive little book.
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Good for Dad's who just need a little reassurance that they are handling life's situations in a way that will assure a child that they are always loved even if things happen that Dad isn't very happy about.
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