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Daddy's Song
     

Daddy's Song

by Leslea Newman, Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
 

A perfect bedtime story for fathers and daughters

Before I tuck you in tonight,

Kiss your cheek and shut the light,

The last thing left for me to do Is sing my Daddy's song to you.

And what a song it is! Ice-cream cones fall from the sky, foxes play baseball, reindeer ride in fancy cars, kangaroos bake birthday cakes, panda bears twirl hula

Overview

A perfect bedtime story for fathers and daughters

Before I tuck you in tonight,

Kiss your cheek and shut the light,

The last thing left for me to do Is sing my Daddy's song to you.

And what a song it is! Ice-cream cones fall from the sky, foxes play baseball, reindeer ride in fancy cars, kangaroos bake birthday cakes, panda bears twirl hula hoops, and rain falls up instead of down.

The imaginative rhythmic text and evocative full-color paintings make this fun and reassuring good-night book ideal for Father's Day.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
The text and illustrations work hand-in-hand to present the strong bond between father and daughter. A father tucks his little blonde-haired daughter into bed and sings to her, reassuring her that even if the world turned topsy-turvy he will be there for her, and his love is constant. Each page presents a different world-turned-upside-down scenario: ice cream cones falling from the sky, rain falling "up instead of down," turkeys riding "their bikes to town," dogs playing checkers, and foxes playing baseball. The gouache illustrations show the little girl interacting with all of these. The last page finds the little girl and her cat sound asleep and dad fondly looking over her. This captures both the silly and imaginative side of a child as well as a child's need to feel safe and protected. For some children, the listing of "ifs" in the rhyming text may go on a little too long. For others, the humor of the illustrations will bring them along.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
As a father puts his child to bed, he sings her a song filled with silly, fantastic, and humorous images. It follows a simple pattern-"If foxes play with balls and bats,/And chickens wear fine coats and hats...." The verses, one rhyming couplet per spread, culminate with the lines, "If this whole world turns inside out/And silly things are all about,/Remember what will still be true-/Your daddy's here,/and he loves you." The text is brought to life by Ritz's gouache illustrations, which use bold colors including purple, orange, red, and green in a fabulous, whimsical world where imagination flows wild and free. The combination of realistic depictions of the animals with comical expressions and unexpected colors is priceless. Pair this book with Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995) or Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942) for a storytime lovefest.
—Catherine CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Daddy strums his guitar as he sees his little girl off to sleep by singing her a unique song. Fanciful and lit with whimsy, it begins, "If ice cream cones fall from the sky, / And cats grow wings and start to fly," and soars from there. Joyful, brimming pictures are evocative and intimate. Each illustration shows the creatures in bright, dreamscape colors and doing perfectly impossible things while the little girl, always in her soft pajamas, plays along. In this evocative tune, frogs go shopping and dogs play checkers; there are elephants riding carousels and kangaroos baking birthday cakes. Some animals are inspired by the child's room, while others seem to be pulled from thin air. This lullaby paints the world as just this side of ordinary. It offers a wonderful view into cherished times between father and daughter as he promises, "Your daddy's here, and he loves you." Capturing a heartwarming moment as tuck-in time becomes a cozy, loving ritual. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805069754
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.17(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Lesléa Newman is a poet, an animal lover, and the author of many successful books for young readers. Lesléa lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Karen Ritz has illustrated more than forty books for young readers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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