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Hero Dad Hardcover – November 1, 2010

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K-Gr 2–This sunny picture book opens with the stirring words, “My dad is a superhero.” However, readers soon discover that he is not a caped crusader: he is a United States soldier in fatigues. As the proud boy explains, Dad has real-life corollaries to the traditional superhero accessories, for example, a rifle instead of a laser gun. The illustrations often flesh out the child's vision. The words on one spread, “He can't fly–well, sometimes he can,” are accompanied by a picture of Dad and his buddies parachuting from a plane. The bright, cartoon artwork makes the book child-friendly and evokes superhero comic books. Meanwhile, the luminous watercolors make the difficult subject matter approachable for young children faced with separation from military parents. Hardin's first-person narrative helps them voice their own feelings, and reassuringly, this dad comes home. For most collections, especially those serving military communities.Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Beginning with the statement “My dad is a superhero,” a young boy shares information about activities engaged in by his father, an American soldier stationed in what looks to be the Middle East. The boy’s simple narration and the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations make it clear that the superhero status doesn’t come from a fantasy (e.g., flying through the air, X-ray vision) but from the very real actions soldiers perform daily in the course of duty: driving a tank, jumping out of an airplane, and so on. Although there are many picture books available about a parent in the military, what makes this unique is the very basic format, featuring one sentence per double-page spread, and the solemn, uncluttered illustrations clearly portraying the father’s actions. Another nice tweak is Hardin’s focus on the activities of the military parent, while many other authors tend to focus on the child’s activity while the parent is away. Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: AD610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761457135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761457138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a career NCO family with kids, we go to a lot of kids parties. I give this book almost every time to kids 1-5 years old - it's perfect to add to another gift, most people haven't heard of it, and it addresses hard parts of the lifestyle in an approachable manner. Our baby loves it too - it's nice to psychologically prepare kids for the separations this line of work entails. As NCOs, its nice to contribute to family well-being in a non-pushy way. The race of the main characters isn't starkly white like many kid's books, which is great for identifying with minorities (which we are). Overall, a great buy at a great price.
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By Ziggy on January 9, 2015
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My two year old loves this book. She points out the soldier on each page who she believes to be her daddy. We read it every night when he's gone and it calms her when she's sad and missing daddy. After we're done reading she always goes to the window to look for him then finds her USO daddy doll and hugs him tight. Deployment is hard on everyone and this book helps me make sense of it to her. I highly recommend it!
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My daughter LOVES this book. She is 7 and reads it over and over because it's pretty cool her dad is a hero. Only thing is that it's very short. It is at her reading level so she gets through it pretty quickly.
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I bought this for my 3 year old son while his daddy was deployed and he loves it! Of course he loves all things military :). The pictures in this book are very nice and the way they compare daddy to a super hero is very cute. It makes it easier for my young son to understand why exactly daddy is gone and what he is doing :) I highly reccomend this book!
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By JC on April 23, 2015
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My husband is former Army and I want out daughter to know about the amazing things he did when he was in the military. I'm so proud of him and all those who serve and this book is a great, simple wY to share that with kids. While he no longer has to deploy, it would be especially great for kids whose parents need to go overseas. Great book!
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This is our 3rd deployment but our kids are older now at 5 and 3 so they actually realized what was happening this time. To start the dedication in this book is to an elementary school in Graf. Germany which happens to be about 2 hours from us, and the author was a teacher at one time there which I thought was pretty cool. The first time we read it I cried my silent tears and missed my hubby. The next few times the kids started asking what does camouflage mean? What is a platoon? Now when I read 'My dad doesnt wear an invisible suit, he wears camouflage' my 3 year old says 'My daddy does that!' and my 5 year old says 'Camoufladge is colors.' It's a great bedtime story.
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My three year old received this book for Christmas and it INSTANTLY became one of his favorites! It's a fun, easy to read book that points out how a military dad is just like a super hero. For our family, it helped to validate for my son why his Daddy wears a certain uniform to work everyday and why he has to be "at work" for long periods of time, among other things. While it is somewhat specific to the Army, I believe it would be an appropriate book for ANY military family, regardless of branch. If you've got a loved one who is deployed or know someone who does, it makes a GREAT gift for their family!!
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This is a wonderful book!! I would recommend this book to any parent or teacher of preschoolers. I had an Air Force Lieutenant read this book and Hero Mom to my preschool class. It helped the kids understand what military life is like.
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