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Finding a Job for Daddy Hardcover – April 1, 1996

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Ages 4^-8. Laura's father is unemployed. Although he actively searches for work--reading the classifieds, sending out letters, and going on interviews--so far he has been unsuccessful, and the strain of the ordeal has begun to wear away at family finances and tempers. With the help of her teacher, Laura attempts to cheer up Daddy by creating a want ad and a resume, highlighting all the special tasks he performs so well in his role as her father. Maslac wisely resists an unrealistic happy ending, opting instead for a portrayal of a caring family that demonstrates positive coping skills in a difficult situation. Life's watercolor illustrations add a comforting touch and make this a good choice for the parenting shelf. Pair it with Barbara Hazen's Tight Times (1979) for another perspective on an all-too-common predicament. Kay Weisman


Ever since Laura's daddy lost his job, they can't go out to dinner and do other things they like to do. Sometimes Daddy's grumpy. Laura tries to help Daddy by circling the want ads he likes. She works hard to understand Daddy's explanations of resumes and interviews. But it isn't until she gets her own idea that she finds a way that only Laura can help Daddy. Evelyn Maslac's heartwarming story shows young readers (ages 4-8) how the loss of a job affects all members of the family. Kay Life's watercolor illustrations softly depict the characters. Finding a Job for Daddy is exceptionally and sensitively well done! -- Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807524379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807524374
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,748,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very intelligently written and quite appropriate for today's children and families. The view through the eyes of a daughter helping her father with something traditionally so patriarchal and 'grown up' was refreshing. Ms Maslac is also very clever and charming in her word choices and phrases. I think all parents- single or coupled- would enjoy sharing this book with their child. It is pro female- pro family- pro education- non religious- non fantasy- non political.
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