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Daddy Calls Me Man

Daddy Calls Me Man

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by Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator)

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Inspired by his family experiences and his parents' paintings, a young boy creates four poems.


Inspired by his family experiences and his parents' paintings, a young boy creates four poems.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Noah's yearning for big shoes should strike a chord within the hearts of young readers. However, they will discover, along with Noah, that it is not special shoes but love and caring for his baby sister that makes him a man in Dad's eyes. Vivid paintings bring this story to life.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Joyously written and illustrated, these four poems reflect the concerns of children. In "Big Shoes," the young narrator proclaims: "All I want is big shoes/Tie shoes/Fast shoes/Red and black jump high shoes./Line them up by Daddy's/and call them all our shoes." "Spin," "Noah's Moon," and "Baby Sister" round out the set. Each poem is accompanied by realistic oil paintings reproduced in luminous full color. Together they capture the spirit of African-American Noah, whose poems these are, amid his loving parents and two sisters. The artwork catches touching moments of affection and play among the family members; it enhances the text's energy by using changing perspectives and motion. Varied page design adds interest. This title will be a treat to read aloud, and newly independent readers will take to it as well.Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Kirkus Reviews
This story from Johnson (The Rolling Store, p. 300, etc.) consists of four short verses ("Big Shoes," "Spin," "Noah's Moon," and "Baby Sister") about the happy home life of a young African-American boy. Family love and the shared stories and symbols that connect the generations are pervasive themes (as they are in all of Johnson's works); Mitchell embodies these themes in vivid oil illustrations by showing the boy narrator as the child of artists and introducing each of his poems with one of the parents' paintings. In the last spread, readers see the paintings hanging on the wall of the family's home studio. This may be a book to pair with Peter Catalanotto's The Painter (1995), for two glimpses of the lives of artists.

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Richard Jackson Bks.
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Angela Johnson was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, but raised in Windham, Ohio; the only girl in a family of five. She now lives in Northeastern Ohio in a hundred year old house full of plants. When not writing she travels. On one of her trips to the California desert the inspiration for her first novel, Toning the Sweep came about.

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Daddy Calls Me Man 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jp302 More than 1 year ago
My son brought this book home from school, and we loved it so much, that we had to buy a copy of our own! A very loving story of a family, and the importance of the "little man" of the family. Excellent, excellent book by an excellent, excellent author!