Because Your Daddy Loves You

Because Your Daddy Loves You

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by Andrew Clements, R. W. Alley
     
 

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A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas—a lost shoe, a ball that floats too far out into the water, a drippy ice-cream cone. These can be frustrating events for both child and parent, but the daddy in this book finds a way to fix each problem, lovingly and patiently. Why? Because he loves his little girl, of course! This

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A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas—a lost shoe, a ball that floats too far out into the water, a drippy ice-cream cone. These can be frustrating events for both child and parent, but the daddy in this book finds a way to fix each problem, lovingly and patiently. Why? Because he loves his little girl, of course! This spot-on pairing of words and images is a warm, reassuring, and humorous tribute to dads everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
This charming book about the patience, protection, and affection of fathers spans a memorable day from the wee hours of the morning, to a beach outing of dad-averted mishaps, to bedtime that night. A missing shoe, a ball floating out to sea, an exhausting walk, a messy ice cream, a nap in the car, an oft-read bedtime book, and a piggyback ride are the many situations in which this dad shows patience toward his daughter. In each situation, the dad turns something unfortunate into an opportunity for fun and togetherness. A ball drifting into the waves is a chance for the dad to retrieve it and then play roll and catch. A long and tiring walk is an opportunity to rest and make sand castles together. Both the text and illustrations reflect not only a long-suffering dad but one who takes joy in being a parent. A comforting refrain reminds the reader that a dad does not always say the scolding words the situation might prompt: "Your daddy could say ‘Didn't I tell you not to play too close to the waves?' But he doesn't." Children hearing this book read aloud might enthusiastically chime in to "But he doesn't," and they could certainly enjoy predicting that the dad will not say the expected negative responses. A second person narrative brings the story close to the reader as it refers to "your daddy." The circular structure of this book, from bed to the beach to back home and in bed again, makes it a soothing choice for bedtime. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
School Library Journal
K-Gr 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 Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Give this child's-eye view of a day at the beach with an attentive father high marks for coziness." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"Sure to enjoy a long life as a gift book and a bedtime story." BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Pays tribute to a father's unconditional love and patience...the color cartoon illustrations echo the lighthearted mood." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618003617
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
254,060
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of picture books and novels for young readers, including Because Your Daddy Loves You and the perennial bestseller Frindle. He lives in Baldwin, Maine, and can also be found at www.andrewclements.com.

R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved books, including the Paddington Bear picture book series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at www.rwalley.com.

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Because Your Daddy Loves You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
aangelicaa070707 More than 1 year ago
I have found that I can't go wrong with Andrew Clements. He is my all time favorite Children's author. When I borrowed this book from the library and read it, I knew I had to buy it for my husband to read to our little one. Daddy totally eats up these books where daddy feels so special!
eleigh More than 1 year ago
My two daughters (ages 3 and 1) love it when daddy reads them this book! They will sit and listen to him and smile the whole time.