Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies

Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies

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by Harriet Ziefert, Cynthia Jabar
     
 

Daddies do so many terrific things. A daddy always gives you the best seat at the parade, he reads you bedtime stories, and he tries his best to fix your toys when they break (even if he doesn't always succeed). Filled with soft, beautiful watercolor artwork and lilting text, this lift-the-flap book about all the great things fathers do is perfect for young

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Daddies do so many terrific things. A daddy always gives you the best seat at the parade, he reads you bedtime stories, and he tries his best to fix your toys when they break (even if he doesn't always succeed). Filled with soft, beautiful watercolor artwork and lilting text, this lift-the-flap book about all the great things fathers do is perfect for young children.

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School Library Journal
PreS-K-Parental roles are celebrated in these lift-the-flap books. Cartoon illustrations of multihued parents and children accompany simple statements such as those in the titles. Occasionally, thoughts are continued in text found beneath the flaps. The roles as described here are traditional ones. Daddies tease and play, offer a bit of comfort, and go to work. Mommies do a lot of caregiving, cook breakfast, and remind children of their manners. None of these women are shown working outside of the home and a picture of children getting off of the school bus is paired with, "A mommy waits for you to come home." These books are not as charming as many of Ziefert's other titles or as effective as Laura Numeroff's What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (S & S, 1998). Flap appeal aside, this is well-intentioned literary fluff comforting to those children whose lifestyles match the featured models.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140565539
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Lift-the-Flap, Puffin Series
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
382,188
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert was born in New Jersey. She grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University.

Harriet Ziefert's many books include A New Coat for Anna, the Hello Reading series and the Lift-the-Flap books, as well as picture books such as With Love from Grandma, and board books, including Dress Little Bunny and Feed Little Bunny.

Ms. Ziefert was educated at Smith College and New York University. She has taught every elementary school grade, from preschool to grade six and is the author of a widely-used early childhood education program for language arts, reading, and social studies.

Ms. Ziefert lives in Maplewood, New Jersey and Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has two adult sons.

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Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to read a book that appreciates the role a dad takes in raising his kids. This book is a blueprint for the ideal dad and I love it since I do all, and more, than what is covered. I'm just glad to see that someone wrote a book about what some seem to consider 'that other parent.' Thank-You!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know who loves this story more, me or my 3 year old son. As soon as I saw it at the store I picked it up right away. The story seems to describe my husbands relationship with my son exactly! The pictures are wonderful and my son loves the flaps with the hidden pictures underneath. I definitely recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would make a wonderful present from a 2 year old for Father's Day. Children from 2-6 should be very pleased with the book. The images and activities are fairly divided between daughters and sons, so it should be equally enjoyable for all young children. The large, pleasant water colors will be accessible for very young children. One year-olds will enjoy looking at the pictures. The book can also be used as a beginning reader around age 5. Lifting the flaps will seem like peek-a-boo for 2-3 year olds and will bring torrents of giggles. The book basically recounts lots of things that Daddies can help children with. My favorite was an illustration of a dozing Mom in a chair accompanied by the caption: 'Sometimes at the end of the day, Daddy puts you to bed.' The book begins by having a girl try on Daddy's shoes and a boy put on Daddy's belt. Dealing with the relative size issue is a good place to start, and by making it humorous can take some of the potential discomfort out of the size differentials between children and the Daddies. When the flap is lifted, the child is included more directly with Daddy. For example, one illustration shows a Daddy shaving while a boy looks on. The caption is 'A daddy shaves.' Under the flap, the boy has put some shaving cream on his own face, as well. The caption under the flap says 'And is good to smell.' Daddies tickle your feet, mess your hair, try to fix things (not always successfully), help you deal with deep water (and teach you how to swim), protect you from big dogs, answer questions, go to work, and put you on their shoulders so you can see better. The book creates the expectation that Daddies will do things with their children, but not that Daddies are perfect. As you can see from the example, care is taken to turn Daddy's size into an advantage for the youngster. A benefit of having a book like this is to encourage Daddies and children to do more things together. Children are often very attached to their Mommies, and some are more than a little afraid of their Daddies. This book sets up an expectation of doing things with Daddies alone sometimes. That's good. Almost all children's books features Mommies doing things with children, so this book helps balance that mental image out. After you have been reading this book for awhile, I suggest that you ask your child what things Daddies could do that she or he would like that are not listed in the book. That can help you expand your relationship in mutually rewarding ways. Keep your eyes open for fireflies! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution