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33 Uses for a Dad
     

33 Uses for a Dad

by Harriet Ziefert, Harriet Ziefert, Amanda Haley (Illustrator), Amamda Haley
 

Dad can be there to coach your soccer team, feed your pet, lend you money, or just hold your hand when you need support. His resume is sure to include: dancing partner, bug catcher, jar opener, and campfire builder. But what is Dad the best at? Being a friend and protector.
In 33 Uses for a Dad we are reminded of all the wonderful, caring things that

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Dad can be there to coach your soccer team, feed your pet, lend you money, or just hold your hand when you need support. His resume is sure to include: dancing partner, bug catcher, jar opener, and campfire builder. But what is Dad the best at? Being a friend and protector.
In 33 Uses for a Dad we are reminded of all the wonderful, caring things that dads do every day. Harriet Ziefert and Amanda Haley team up to give us a simple, quirky, and direct look at how children view the world, singing the praises of fathers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This book isn't a story; it's simply an illustrated list, with one or two numbered job titles for Dad per page. They include tailor, architect, and coach as well as taxi, ATM machine, and hand holder. While the text directly celebrates a father's functionality, the underlying theme is one of family stability and support. The understated watercolor cartoon drawings are set against a white background and focus readers' attention on the ever-changing Dads and the many children in their care. The illustrations have a quiet, gentle charm that helps make this offering inviting. Even so, readers will quickly get the gist of it-which limits the book's usefulness and longevity.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Like moms, dads need credit for all the "jobs" they do in the family. Ziefert presents these as a numbered list of the titles dads can hold. They are the chefs-presiding over the backyard barbecue-the designer of Halloween costumes, the map reader, and so on. They love and support their children by holding their hands, teaching them to swim, and being their biggest cheerleader. They are the taxi drivers, the alarm clocks, and the ATMs that keep families running smoothly. Haley's watercolor illustrations add warmth and humor to the list. The dad whose job is "Horsie" is decked out in a too-small-for-his-head cowboy hat, while the ATM-dad has a long line of kids waiting in front of him for their turn. Dads of all sizes, shapes, and colors are represented, though some are stereotypical: the dad who's a dancing partner looks like he just stepped out of a bad Arthur Murray commercial, while the campfire-builder is a scruffy, plaid-wearing woodsman, but that character is also the "storyteller." Altogether, a fun way to show children that dads do many things in families and to tell dads they're appreciated. (Picture book. 2-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593540289
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is a well-known author who has written over one hundred books for children. When she is not writing, she commutes between her homes in Lincoln, Massachusetts and Maplewood, New Jersey.

Amanda Haley holds a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband and golden retriever, Sally.

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