Sunday, October 24, 2010

My father knows the names of things by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

There aren't that many good dad picturebooks for older kids. Toddlers, yes there's quite a few of the "I love my daddy" variety (including Sebastien Braun's gorgeously tender books) but for older kids? Nope. Now, we have an excellent one. Jane Yolen's rhythmic text accompanies Jorisch's sparkling colors and energetic art to extol all the many things a child's dad knows, from the names of clouds to "which dinosaurs are meanest." Don't just pull this out on Father's Day, bring it out all year to enjoy. I'm looking forward to having the kids guess at the names of things in the many will they know? And how many can they make up?

Verdict: Recommended for storytimes with preschool and kindergarteners and also for addition to your holiday books. And just for happies!

ISBN: 9781416948957; April 2010 by Simon & Schuster; Review copy provided by publisher through Raab Associates

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