by Andrew Clements
illustrated by R.W. Alley
Clarion Books, 2012: ages 4-8
BECAUSE YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU
Clements and Alley reunite to produce a strong companion title to Because Your Daddy Loves You (2005).
Mommy and her son are off to camp at White Mountain National Forest, but first they need supplies. When the boy gets lost in the store, he calls out to his mother. His “mommy could say, / It’s all right, I’m coming to find you! / But she doesn’t. // She calls your name, / and you follow the sound of her voice. // When you find her, you get a big hug— / after you promise not to wander off again.” And so the challenging situations continue as they climb the steep mountain with heavy backpacks, cross a somewhat scary log bridge, put up their tent and roast marshmallows instead of burn them. Along the way mom could step in and take over or make things easier for her son, “But she doesn’t.” With great patience, gentle encouragement and firm direction, she guides her son through these various life lessons to foster self-confidence and independence. The ink, watercolor and acrylic illustrations deftly capture the boy’s apprehensions and resultant pride at his accomplishments. This is no helicopter mom, and things turn out just fine. Sure to connect with children in many ways—the adventure of camping, learning how to do things all by oneself and conquering initial anxieties. (Picture book. 4-6)
"The repetition in the text is engaging, and children will enjoy this tale of an adventurous day hiking and an overnight in a tent."-- School Library Journal
In this companion to Because Your Daddy Loves You, a mother teaches her son self-reliance during a camping trip. “When you have to cross the stream, and the log looks skinny and wobbly, your mommy could say, Don’t worry, I’ll take you across. But she doesn’t. She goes over first to show you how. And then you follow, all by yourself.” After they put up the tent and roast marshmallows, the boy’s mother tucks him in and assures him of her love. With tenderness and gentle humor, Alley's light-filled ink, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations capture the bond between mother and son.
by Andrew Clements
illustrated by R.W. Alley
Clarion Books, 2005: ages 4-8
* a Bank Street Children's Book of the Year, 2006
"Give this child's-eye view of a day at the beach with an attentive father high marks for coziness." Kirkus Reviews
"Sure to enjoy a long life as a gift book and a bedtime story." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,
School Library Journal
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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