Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers
  • Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers
  • Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers

Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers

by Kelly Bennett, Paul Meisel
     
 

Perfect for Father’s Day! Dad and stepdad have one important thing in common in a blended-family scenario many readers will happily recognize.

I have two fathers. I call this one Dad, and this one Pop.

Dad is tall and wears suits. Pop is bald and wears boots. Dad’s into gadgets and Pop’s into plants; one paints on easels, the other on

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Overview

Perfect for Father’s Day! Dad and stepdad have one important thing in common in a blended-family scenario many readers will happily recognize.

I have two fathers. I call this one Dad, and this one Pop.

Dad is tall and wears suits. Pop is bald and wears boots. Dad’s into gadgets and Pop’s into plants; one paints on easels, the other on walls; and they certainly don’t share the same taste in music! In this funny, affectionate ode to fathers and stepfathers, a young girl explains that while Dad and Pop may seem completely different, in one crucial way they’re exactly the same — they both love her.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A girl with red pigtails good-naturedly explains that she has two fathers: Dad (her biological father) and Pop (her stepfather). Both emerge with distinctive personalities (“Pop takes pictures. Dad takes naps”), though, the more she compares them, the less different they seem (“Dad teaches me to cook. So does Pop.... Dad loves music. So does Pop”). Also clear: that they both love her. The understated narration and subtly humorous mixed media cartoons make a potentially complicated—but familiar—situation feel easy and natural. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
This ode to fathers and stepfathers is a funny and sweet book. The illustrations were done in watercolor, acrylic and pastel. The text and drawings go so well together that few words are needed to tell the story. Illustrations explain graphically how fathers can be different and yet have something in common. The small girl telling the story appears happy with both fathers. This unpaged, book will interest many children, especially those with two fathers. Kelly Bennett, author, has written many children's books and Paul Meisel, has illustrated a number of books for children. The mystery of how two fathers, described as so different, have one important thing in common is explained at the end of the book. The author was inspired to write this book because of the loving relationship her two sons have with their fathers. Some children, hearing this story, may wonder why they can't have two fathers. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A cheerful girl explains that Dad and Pop are different in many ways, but the same in their love for her. Although visual clues lead readers to conclude that Dad is the girl's biological father and that Pop is her stepfather, the text never makes this distinction, giving both men equal treatment. In fact, without the subtitle, the relationships might not be entirely clear. Mom is an incidental character. The daughter proclaims, "To meet them, you'd think Dad and Pop were as different as two fathers could be," and goes on to contrast their physical appearances and hobbies. While the men's favorite activities imply that Dad is a sophisticate and Pop is more earthy, children are unlikely to see much of a schism between indoor versus outdoor cooking or between motorcycling and bicycling. However, this is a minor quibble, since the key is not the men's differences but their underlying sameness. This is a positive and playful portrayal of a blended family. Bright, friendly cartoon illustrations show the happy family members engaged in all kinds of activities. Expressive faces and gentle humor add charm to the pictures. Youngsters with stepparents will appreciate seeing themselves in the story, and all children will enjoy seeing the loving attention heaped upon the protagonist.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
Kirkus Reviews
A cheery celebration of fathers and stepfathers' dual roles in their children's lives. In simple, declarative sentences, a little red-haired girl compares and contrasts her birth father (Dad) and stepfather (Pop): From physical differences ("Dad is tall. Pop is not") to behavioral ones ("Dad's into gadgets. / Pop's into plants"), the two seem to have little in common. Even when they're the same, they're different: When "Dad teaches me to cook. / [And s]o does Pop," the former bakes in a kitchen while the latter grills outdoors. Meisel's sunny line-and-color illustrations make it clear, though, with warm familiarity, that whatever the differences between these two men, they both love their little girl without reservation. Wholly good-hearted, this small book demonstrates a sweetly child-centric ideal for divorced and blended families to aim at. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763633790
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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