Blue-Ribbon Dad

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In this sweet, rhyming picture book, a little boy thinks about all the special things he does with his dad—schoolwork, reading, swimming lessons, haircuts, and more—and decides to craft a present, a homemade blue ribbon, to show his dad how much he loves him. The boy counts down the hours until his dad comes home, recalling their favorite memories and preparing the special gift. 

Simple text for the earliest readers and cuddly squirrel characters make this precious picture ...

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In this sweet, rhyming picture book, a little boy thinks about all the special things he does with his dad—schoolwork, reading, swimming lessons, haircuts, and more—and decides to craft a present, a homemade blue ribbon, to show his dad how much he loves him. The boy counts down the hours until his dad comes home, recalling their favorite memories and preparing the special gift. 

Simple text for the earliest readers and cuddly squirrel characters make this precious picture book the perfect way to celebrate Dad on Father's Day, or any day of the year.

Praise for Blue-Ribbon Dad
“A celebration of a dad's return. Share for Father’s Day or when a daddy is about to return from a trip.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A slam dunk for Father’s Day.” –Booklist

“Moore’s delicately outlined watercolors mirror the coziness of the text.” –Publishers Weekly 

“The rhyming text and large illustrations are ideal for a read-aloud. This is a good pick for celebrating fathers.” –School Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A young squirrel hustles to get a surprise ready before his father comes home. While working on an arts-and-crafts project that necessitates glue, glitter, sequins, stickers, and more, the squirrel reflects on everything his father does for him. "He always packs my favorite lunch,/ Then drives me right to school./ On Saturdays he stays to watch/ My lessons at the pool." Moore's delicately outlined watercolors mirror the coziness of the text. The squirrel's father is delighted, of course, with the blue ribbon he receives upon his return; readers don't have to go through nearly as much effort: a punch-out paper ribbon is included. Ages 3–7. (May)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
From 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. each hour is shown on a clock as a young male squirrel prepares a special badge for "the best dad that I know!" The text is in four line rhymes. The boy squirrel uses glitter, paste, sequins, a sticker and a bow to make the gift for his "Blue-Ribbon Dad." Between each two-page spread of the boy creating the special badge is a page of activities that he does with his Dad. Dad gets him up, packs his lunch, and helps with school work. Dad teaches him to tie his shoes and find his socks. Dad and he go to the barber shop together. The pictures show furry squirrels. In the background the mother mixes up and bakes a cake. A punch out badge for a child to give his own Dad is at the back. This is a book to give a young child shortly before Father's Day. It is also a book for a child to begin to learn to tell time. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In rhyming quatrains, a young squirrel prepares a surprise for his father. He gathers his tools: glue, glitter, pencils, and clay, working independently while nearby his mother prepares a cake. He counts down the hours until his father is due to return: "My dad is coming home soon,/And with two hours left I find/A golden sticker, big and bright./It's just the perfect kind." He completes a step of his project each hour as he reminisces about activities that his father engages in: "He always packs my favorite lunch,/Then drives me right to school./On Saturdays he stays to watch/My lessons at the pool." The youngster works steadily, and, at five o'clock, Dad comes home to a hug, a chocolate cake, and a handmade blue ribbon. The rhyming text and large illustrations are ideal for a read-aloud. The happy squirrel family is rendered in black pen and watercolors. Attentive readers will notice small details, such as a clock in the background on which to check the time. The book concludes with a blue ribbon to punch out as a gift. This is a good pick for celebrating fathers.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

A celebration of a dad's return. A young squirrel announces to his mother, "My dad is coming home soon, / And with just five hours to go, / I'm planning for a big surprise. / He's the best dad I know!" Glass' sing-song text alternates between a countdown of the hours until father returns and detailed descriptions of all the wonderful things he and his dad do together. As the little squirrel industriously works on a surprise gift for daddy, watchful mother squirrel is nearby preparing a cake for the upcoming celebration. It all adds up to a warm portrait of a loving family that shares traditional activities at the pool, the barbershop and at home. Moore's soft, bright watercolor-and-ink illustrations help round out what is stated in the rhyming quatrains. At five o'clock sharp, dad is home to enjoy his family and be awarded, as per the title, a special glittered-and-glued blue ribbon. (A fun extra: Readers are invited to punch out the provided blue ribbon at the back of the book.) It's a little hard to tell whether this dad has been away on a trip or is just coming home from work, which keeps this book from packing much emotional punch. This sweet but not special title is fine to share for Father's Day or when a daddy is about to return from a trip.(Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997271
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,380,780
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Raisner Glass is the author of Noises at Night, illustrated by Bruce Whatley. She lives outside Boston. Margie Moore is the illustrator of the bestselling It's Your First Day of School, Annie Claire; A Horse's Tale; and many more books for children. She lives in Wall, New Jersey.

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