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Because Your Daddy Loves You Hardcover – April 18, 2005
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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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I don't know ANY parent who is overjoyed to read the same annoying book 10x per day. The message to the child is that these normal parents DON'T love them. Gee, thanks.
Oh, also...when your ball floats away at the beach, your daddy doesn't tell you to be careful--he swims out and brings it back. Terrible! My grandfather drowned when my dad was a kid. I can't imagine a worse reason to do something dangerous like swimming into deep water.
The only positive thing about it was that my daughter now loves the phrase "come on, you lazybones!"--something the 'bad daddy' in the book supposedly would say.
We got rid of the book ASAP so that our daughter doesn't start thinking we don't love her.
He has so much love, so much empathy, so much patience, spend so much time with his daughter (could be a son too), is a tender and gentle consoler in each grief, anxiousness or disappointment! This all is shown in very pretty sensitive painted pictures which are a pleasure to look at.
For example after a long car ride, daddy could wake you up but he carries you inside so you can stay sleeping.
Basically this book is all about showing children how much their fathers really care for them. Often children only see what they want to see. This book open up the door for children to see more then meets the eyes.
I think this book is amazing. I would love to read this close to fathers day and part of a fathers day lesson in school. This book is just amazing. I think every child who has a father should read this book. This book is especially great to read around fathers day. As your children are busy making fathers day gifts, this book will help give them a great appreciation.