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A Day with Dad

A Day with Dad

by Bo R. Holmberg, Eva Eriksson
     
 

A child’s visit with Dad is a day full of quiet pleasures in a genuine, tender story many young readers will relate to.

Tim lives with his mom. His dad lives in another town. But today, Tim’s dad is coming on the train so the two can spend the whole day together — just Tim and Dad. Everywhere the pair goes — the movie theater, the

Overview

A child’s visit with Dad is a day full of quiet pleasures in a genuine, tender story many young readers will relate to.

Tim lives with his mom. His dad lives in another town. But today, Tim’s dad is coming on the train so the two can spend the whole day together — just Tim and Dad. Everywhere the pair goes — the movie theater, the pizzeria, the library — Tim proudly tells the people they meet, "This is my dad!" At the end of the day, Tim is sad to see his dad go but knows that they’ll be together again soon. Author Bo R. Holmberg and illustrator Eva Eriksson offer a sensitive and honest portrait of a special day between father and son.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
Tim is very excited. He lives with his mom and loves her very much, but today is extra special. His dad is coming to town to spend the day with Tim. His dad arrives and their day begins. They walk to town and get hotdogs. They go see the latest cartoon movie. They get pizza. They go to the library. At each place Tim tells the people they meet that he is here with his dad. Tim is having a lot of fun but he tries not to notice that it is getting late. When it is time for Dad to go, Tim is sad. Dad takes him onto the train and announces to all of the passengers that Tim is his son and he is the best son anyone could ever have. Back on the platform they hug goodbye and Dad reminds Tim that he loves him and that they will see each other again very soon. This book does an amazing job of handling what can be a very sensitive subject. The author dwells on how much Dad and Tim care about each other and how nice it is for them to share a day together. The illustrations are lovely with very soft colors, complementing the story nicely. This would be a nice addition to a library. Reviewer: Melyssa Malinowski
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Tim and his mom are waiting at the train station for the arrival of his father, who lives in another town. They eat hot dogs, go to the movies, and visit the local pizzeria, and Tim proudly announces to everyone within earshot that this is his dad. As the special day draws to a close, Tim and his father go to the library, where they cuddle on a couch and read. Back at the station, Dad takes Tim aboard the train to look around, announcing to the passengers, "this is Tim. He is my son. He is the best son anyone could have." Then they say goodbye. As the boy and his mom watch the train depart, Tim knows that his father will be back. While this book succeeds in showing youngsters that even though parents may live apart, they still love their children, it leaves readers with a sad feeling. The colored-pencil illustrations, contained in tidy rectangles or squares, are rather dark and the overall effect is quite somber. An additional purchase where stories about divorce are needed.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
As he waits on the platform for the train to arrive, Tim looks forward to spending a whole day alone with Dad. With a big hug and high lift in the air, Dad allows Tim to plan their special time together, eating hot dogs, seeing a new cartoon movie, laughing over pizza, snuggling for a story in the library and finding enough time to enjoy a final sweet pastry snack before rushing to meet the last evening train. Mom's assurance that son and father will spend time together again soon counteracts the image of a diminishing train as it pulls further away from the station. Eriksson's pastel/crayon drawings in subdued colors bring to the page Tim's emotions, which range from expectancy to joy to eagerness to uncertainty and finally to acquiescence as he recognizes a situation beyond his control. Children with similar experiences will appreciate this gentle support as they cope with the realities of divorce; the unmistakable love between child and parent is palpable. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763632212
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
192,263
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bo R. Holmberg has written many books for children and young adults. He lives in Sweden.

Eva Eriksson has been illustrating books for nearly thirty years. She lives in Sweden.

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