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My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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"16 poems celebrate precious, small, and meaningful moments between fathers and their children. . . Tender and honest, these poems pack a big emotional punch."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The line breaks and rhyme schemes make the poems accessible . . .the bulk of the emotion has to come from body positioning, posture, and the relations between figures on a page; Smith has mastered this, conveying so much with tilting heads and embracing arms. A masterful salute to fatherhood."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The poems are accessible and a true celebration of fatherhood. . . A lovely addition to poetry collections that may just inspire kids to write verse of their own."--School Library Journal, starred review
"A heartwarming, lyrical collection . . . A first-rate pick for Father’s Day that celebrates dads and, as Smith notes in her dedication, “those who stand in the gap offering guidance, love, and support to children in need.”--Booklist
About the Author
Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes and its sequel, Keeping the Night Watch. A professional story-teller, Hope teaches poetry-writing workshops to all grade levels. A native of Akron, Ohio, Ms. Smith now lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Smith writes poetry that is thoughtful and honed. She makes sure that it is appropriate for the young audience, inviting young readers to explore poetry and see themselves in it. The poems are misleadingly simple, not showing the skill that it takes to write at this level and with such apparent ease.
Smith’s illustrations are diverse and inclusive. With her torn paper illustrations, she makes sure to show families of various races and multiracial families. There is a warmth to the illustrations and a folk-art element that underlines the richness of being a father and in a family.
A strong collection of poems for young people, ideal to share with fathers. Appropriate for ages 7-10.