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Days With Dad Hardcover – Picture Book, November 7, 2017
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From School Library Journal
A 2018 EUREKA! Honor Award Winner
On IBBY’s 2017 list of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities
On the 2017 shortlist for The Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore (ABCA)
"Hong’s soft, childlike colored-pencil drawings convey a strong intimacy on each page...Disabilities bring limitations, Hong indicates, but not when it comes to a parent’s love or to time well spent."―Publishers Weekly
"Usually, when [disability] is discussed, the conversation shifts to that of burden, pity, and apologies. But there is so much more to the story, in addition to the one society tends to paint onto disabled people.With its gentle colors and humble art style, Days with Dad shows us this other side of the story with a bright smile."―Skipping Stones "Throughout [Days With Dad], the tone is positive and joyful, showing that life is about what people can do together and the time spent with those you love. Described on the jacket as semi-autobiographical, this book has been listed on IBBY’s 2017 Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. This book’s illustrations add to the lightness of the story with their playful feel."―Waking Brain Cells
"In Days With Dad, a young girl could care less about her father's disability (he hasn't been able to walk since he was a baby), she just loves him as he is... Readers will sense an extra tenderness in these drawings because they're drawn from real experiences."―Charles Sutton, Vermont Country Sampler
- Publisher : Enchanted Lion Books (November 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592702333
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592702336
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 520L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.25 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,935,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read this to two of my daughters last night, and it made an impact, I think. They asked questions and it gave me an opportunity to talk to them about those with disabilities, and that while that means there are some things they cannot do (and how, in a way, that's true of all of us), that it does not stop one from doing as well, or better, when it comes to other areas of life. It's such a quiet, sweet little book, and the illustrations are simple and soft, yet full of small details (and drawn by the author as well). Nari Hong takes us back to when she was a little girl and introduces us to her father, a father who was present and participating, and whose love for his little girl made the kind of impact and impression that all fathers hope for.
The illustrations are soft pencil, the images are relatable, and the story is appropriate for younger readers. It is a good introduction to idea that a parent or other family member may not be as able-bodied as might be expected.
The dad repeatedly apologizes for not being able to do something with his daughter; she always replies with an activity (related but not always equivalent) that she enjoys doing with him. While I would not have chosen the apology as the repeatable refrain because it certainly isn’t his fault he is differently-abled, there are a variety of things shown that they enjoy together which makes this a pleasant book for young readers.
The book is easy to read, straightforward, sweet, and very positive and inspirational.
There's not a lot of text. It does a great job of presenting the text in a contrasting background in a very easy to read font, so it is very easy to see and make out the shapes of the letters. The book isn't really going to teach much vocabulary other than that related to activities in specific geographical locations - IE, Ice skating, swimming in the ocean, ice fishing... It isn't particularly fun to read in an auditory sense that will delight a child, or that can be fun to play with during a read aloud, like animal sounds or rhyming words, but the pictures are a great context for the story, which is short, sweet, and so very positive.