Daddy's Little Boy

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You're an angel from heaven, sent down from above,
You're daddy's little boy, to have and to love. . .

The song "Daddy's Little Boy" has been a favorite of fathers and sons — and mothers, too — for more than fifty years. In this first ever picture-book version, a caring daddy bear and his little cub bring the moving lyrics to life as they bask in each other's love. The full lyrics and music are included for ...

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Overview

You're an angel from heaven, sent down from above,
You're daddy's little boy, to have and to love. . .

The song "Daddy's Little Boy" has been a favorite of fathers and sons — and mothers, too — for more than fifty years. In this first ever picture-book version, a caring daddy bear and his little cub bring the moving lyrics to life as they bask in each other's love. The full lyrics and music are included for the whole family to enjoy together.

An illustrated version of a song which describes how special a son is to his father.

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Publishers Weekly
A couple of titles inspired by the lyrics from two songs of yesteryear (piano music included), celebrate paternal love, with illustrations by Maggie Kneen. Daddy's Little Girl by Bobby Burke and Horace Gerlach and Daddy's Little Boy by Billy Collins depict warm scenes of daddies (mommies, too) and kids year round. The cuddly, tender illustrations of an anthropomorphic rabbit family in the first title, a den of bears in the second, match the text for sheer sugar value ("You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,/ You're Daddy's little girl to have and hold"). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In 1950 Billy Collins composed a companion song to his hit, "Daddy's Little Girl." The lyrics to the companion song are illustrated here with a bear cub, his daddy and mommy. There are scenes of the cub being held by his daddy, a picnic with both his parents, and reading a story together. With the words "You make every day my Thanksgiving," the bears are dressed as Pilgrims and daddy is carving the turkey. The words and music are included in the back of the book. There will not be a dry eye in the house when parents read this sentimental and sweet book to their little boys. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-In this adaptation of Collins's 1950 song, an anthropomorphic bear and his cub play, cuddle, romp, and read together as the verses evoke the warm and fuzzy feelings a father has for his son. While some of the lines may sound dated to 21st-century ears ("You're a good little soldier who always obeys-") or saccharine ("You're my proudest possession, a gem from above-"), many parents will appreciate these heartfelt sentiments. Even though the tune may be too complicated for novice singers, the page breaks follow the song's rhythm, allowing for both reading and singing. Kneen's soft art captures the warmth of this parent-and-child relationship in a gentle color palette. The words and music notation are reproduced on the last spread. While this title does not have the wide appeal of Anthony Browne's My Dad (Farrar, 2001), it will attract adults looking for sentimental books to share with young boys.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060290030
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Billy Collins

Billy Collins—not to be confused with the US Poet Laureate—wrote the popular song DADDY'S LITTLE BOY in 1950.

Maggie Kneen, the illustrator of Daddy's Little Boy by Billy Collins, Daddy's Little Girl by Bobby Burke, Babe by Dick King-Smith, and other picture books, lives in Cheshire, England.

Biography

In 1985, the humorist Calvin Trillin suggested that Robert Penn Warren would never have been named Poet Laureate if he'd been known as plain Bob Warren. Trillin might be surprised at the 2002 appointment of Billy Collins -- whose laid-back name suits his open-collar-and-blue-jeans appearance, as well as his unpretentious writing style -- to a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate.

But then, Collins himself might be a little surprised. Like most poets, he toiled in obscurity for years, snowed under by rejections from small literary journals. As recently as 1997, he couldn't interest a commercial publisher in his fifth book of poems, Picnic, Lightning. But word of mouth and Collins' appearances on National Public Radio helped push sales of the book, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, far beyond the usual figures for a volume of poetry from a university press. A previous book was reissued, Random House signed him up for a three-book deal, and Collins was on his way to fame and comparative fortune.

Why is Collins so popular now? One term often applied to his work is "accessible," though he prefers the term "hospitable." "I think accessible just means that the reader can walk into the poem without difficulty," he explained to Elizabeth Farnsworth on the PBS NewsHour. Collins is also very funny -- and that, too, is inviting. For Collins, anything from the barking of a neighbor's dog to the egg-salad stain on a copy of The Catcher in the Rye can be a fit subject for a poem.

But Collins sees accessibility and humor as means to an end. The purpose of a poem, he believes, is to take the reader on an imaginative journey. "Poetry is my cheap means of transportation," he told a New York Times interviewer. "By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield."

Critics have sometimes charged that Collins' language is too prosaic, his middle-class milieu too smugly comfortable. But many of his contemporaries, including John Updike, Gerald Stern and Edward Hirsch, have admired his originality, wit and intelligence. As Richard Howard put it: "Mr. Collins is funny without being silly, moving without being silly, and brainy without being silly. If only he were silly, we should know how to 'place' him. But he is merely -- merely! -- funny, moving, brainy. That will have to do."

Good To Know

Collins grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, where his electrician father sometimes brought home issues of Poetry magazine from an office on Wall Street. "He wanted me to go to Harvard Business School," Collins said in a Hope magazine interview. "If he had known the effect of those magazines, he probably would have burned them."

As Poet Laureate, Collins launched a well-received program called Poetry 180, which encourages high schools to read a contemporary poem together each day, preferably by having a student, teacher or staff member read the poem aloud.

Collins is a professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He lives in Somers, N.Y.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William James Collins
    2. Hometown:
      Somers, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Holy Cross College, 1963; Ph.D. in Romantic poetry, University of California at Riverside, 1971

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    So-So

    This book is not by the popular poet Billy Collins, even though this book is linked nine ways to Sunday to the poet Billy Collins's books here on BN. Do not be confused. This is a different Billy Collins entirely, one who died a long time ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2009

    Sweet and Sentimental

    This has been my 20-month old son's favorite book since we borrowed it from the library 2 months ago. I had to order it because he insists on reading it at bedtime every night. The words are based on song lyrics that are also included at the end of the book. My husband or I lovingly sing the song at the end right before putting him to bed. It's such a sweet end to the day.

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