Daddy Will Be There

Daddy Will Be There

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by Lois G. Grambling, Walter Gaffney-Kessell, Walter Gaffney-kessell
     
 

The young narrator of this heartfelt picture book can do many things on her own. She can play in her backyard, attend a friend's birthday party, and go to kindergarten. Each activity leads her farther away from home, but faith in her father's presence at the end of the day never wavers. "I know Daddy will be there," she says with confidence. Lois G. Grambling and

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The young narrator of this heartfelt picture book can do many things on her own. She can play in her backyard, attend a friend's birthday party, and go to kindergarten. Each activity leads her farther away from home, but faith in her father's presence at the end of the day never wavers. "I know Daddy will be there," she says with confidence. Lois G. Grambling and Walter Gaffney-Kessell have collaborated to create a warm and encouraging story that young listeners will readily embrace.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In prose as simple and straightforward as a building block, Grambling (Mrs. Tittle's Turkey Farm) describes the special relationship between a five-year-old girl and her stay-at-home dad. Whether he's just down the hall in the kitchen, inside the house while she's outdoors or even a schoolbus ride away, she can say with confidence, "I know Daddy will be there." He's the central point in her universe, around which circle all other activities: riding her bike, playing alone or with friends, attending a birthday party or starting kindergarten. The subtextthat this rock-solid relationship is the basis for the child's happiness and self-assurancecomes through loud and clear, not only in the upbeat narrative but also in Gaffney-Kessell's (This Is Me, Laughing) airbrushed watercolors of serene domestic vignettes. The clean lines and gentle lighting underscore the girl's well-ordered existence and positive outlook. Ages 4-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
A young girl tells of her daily activities. Each day she does a little more. She plays by herself, rides her bike, visits her friend, goes to a birthday party and eventually goes to kindergarten. She knows, however, that daddy is there to support and give her the confidence she needs to become a big girl.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Whether building with blocks in her room, reading alone, playing with her friends, or going to kindergarten for the first time, this little girl knows her "Daddy will be there." As she relates the daily events of her life, she gains reassurance from the fact that her father is nearby should she need him. The pictures and text depict a confident and able youngster. The watercolor illustrations are realistic, the characters resembling those found in the works of Anthony Browne. On each page readers will be drawn to the child's facial expressions, which vary from contentment when she hears the sound of her father's voice to concern over a scraped knee. The simply constructed sentences, with no more than two-to-four lines per page, are effectively moving, yet can be easily read by beginning readers. "I stop playing and listen. I hear voices upstairs. I hear coffee cups clinking...I know Daddy will be there." This is a loving and comforting look at a special relationship and a worthy companion to Vera B. Williams's Lucky Song (Greenwillow, 1997).Joan Zaleski, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Grambling (Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?, 1995) conjures a world of intimacy between a daughter and her father, but the atmosphere is profoundly melancholic. "I play alone in my room. I build with my blocks. I read my picture books. I hug my rag doll. I look down the hall into the kitchen I know Daddy will be there." Safekeeping and independence aren't so much evoked here as loneliness: "I play alone in my backyard I look up at the window I know Daddy will be there." And indeed he is, looming, protective. Through playtime, a birthday party, and the first day at school, so fixed is the child upon her father's presence that the joy of the moment is all but lost on her. Ineffable sadness radiates off the page; with no mother present, what is communicated is a tacit sense of loss. The illustrations confirm that sorrow; even the cover painting looks like a snapshot encased in ice. (Picture book. 4-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688149833
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
24
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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