Daddy's Little Boy

Daddy's Little Boy

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by Billy Collins, Maggie Kneen
     
 

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

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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 the whole family to enjoy together.

Editorial Reviews

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:
04/13/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.