Always My Dad

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Illustrated in full color. Though Dad moves around a lot and his jobs keep changing, a young girl and her brother hold fast to memories of his magical, unexpected visits in this portrait of an African-American family held together by a special bond of love. "This poignant, lyrical story captures the games children play; the anticipation and pleasure of seeing a mostly absent, yet loving parent; and the reality of having no control over what adults do, of never knowing what might happen next, and of parting. ...

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Overview

Illustrated in full color. Though Dad moves around a lot and his jobs keep changing, a young girl and her brother hold fast to memories of his magical, unexpected visits in this portrait of an African-American family held together by a special bond of love. "This poignant, lyrical story captures the games children play; the anticipation and pleasure of seeing a mostly absent, yet loving parent; and the reality of having no control over what adults do, of never knowing what might happen next, and of parting. Regardless of circumstances, somehow it's always clear to this patient, wise-for-her-years girl that her father loves her. The etched watercolor, charcoal, colored-pencil, and lithograph-pencil art has a dreamy, statuesque quality." —School Library Journal

Although she does not get to see her father very often, a girl enjoys the time she and her brothers spend with him one summer while they are visiting their grandparents' farm.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An African American girl spends a summer on a farm and bonds with her often absent father. Paintings with a scratched-surface texture create a nostalgic feeling. Ages 4-8. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
A sensitive story about a touchy topic, an absentee African-American dad, is handled idealistically in this tale of city children who spend the summer on their grandparents' farm. The daughter longs for the infrequent visits her dad makes but savors the time he's around. When he leaves again for an unknown place and time, he asks her to remember that, no matter where he is, he's always her dad. The thought remains in her recurring dream, one of beauty and tenderness that reassures her of his love. The etched watercolor and pencil drawings are largely brown, yellow and green and, while well matched to the story and nicely done, may not appeal to many children.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-``Sometimes the person I want to see more than anyone in the world is my dad. But I only see my dad once in a while.'' One summer day, the narrator's mother drops her and her younger brothers off at their paternal grandparents' farm. After they've been there for a spell, daddy comes stepping out of the dark rather mysteriously, lighting his way with a flashlight. The children enjoy his company and share some special times. But then, one afternoon, he tells them he'll be moving on again. This poignant, lyrical story captures the games children play; the anticipation and pleasure of seeing a mostly absent, yet loving parent; and the sad reality of having no control over what adults do, of never knowing what might happen next, and of parting. Regardless of circumstances, somehow it's always clear to this patient, wise-for-her-years girl that her father loves her. The etched watercolor, charcoal, colored-pencil, and lithograph-pencil art has a dreamy, statuesque quality that reflects the feeling of precious and subsequent ``...leftover summer days.''-Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679889342
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/29/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Before becoming an author of children's books, Sharon Dennis Wyeth went through many different career changes. Her first job after graduating from Radcliffe College was as a family counselor at a day-care center in New York City. She then went on to become an actress, producer, and playwright--and, at one time, owner of her own off-off-Broadway theater. She was also a writer for daytime television, a voice teacher, and a Public Speaking Consultant. She has been a children's book author since 1985.

Sharon Dennis Wyeth lives in Montclair, New Jersey, where she enjoys singing, hiking, cooking, and gardening.

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