Do I Have a Daddy?: A Story about a Single-Parent Child

Do I Have a Daddy?: A Story about a Single-Parent Child

by Jeanne Warren Lindsay
     
 

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Addressing single-parent families, this book helps kids with absent, deceased, and unknown dads talk about and deal with this often difficult situation. When Erik, a preschooler, is teased by other children about not having a dad, his mother explains that there are many kinds of fathers, and not all of them live with their children. The story serves as a…  See more details below

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Addressing single-parent families, this book helps kids with absent, deceased, and unknown dads talk about and deal with this often difficult situation. When Erik, a preschooler, is teased by other children about not having a dad, his mother explains that there are many kinds of fathers, and not all of them live with their children. The story serves as a conversation starter and can be adapted to meet a child’s specific needs. Parents learn the importance of being honest while allowing their children to retain a positive view of the absent parent.

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VOYA - Voya Reviews
The main section of this title is a picture book for children who live with one parent. It is the story of a young boy arguing with a friend, who yells, "I'm going to tell my daddy!" When Erik says, "Then I'll tell my daddy, too," his friend replies, "But you don't have a daddy." Erik becomes upset and goes to ask his mother if he has a daddy. His mother explains that his father left when he was very young and that his parents were never married. She is very positive and sensitive to her son's feelings, but she is also honest with him. This practical book is designed to explain a single-parent family to a young child, but the most useful information is the special section in the back for teenage parents. In describing methods a single parent might use, the author covers divorce and never-married parents, always stressing the need to be honest with children while concentrating on the absent parent's positive points. The author also stresses the importance of examining one's own feelings about one's life and the absent parent, recommending counseling when needed. Ideas from single parents are included, with quotes describing their particular situations and how they are dealt with. Written by the author of many books for and about teen pregnancy, including Nurturing Your Newborn (Morning Glory, 1999/VOYA February 2000), this book would be useful in any library serving teen parents. It gives a sensitive, practical look at a difficult problem. Illus. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Morning Glory Press, Ages 16 to 18, 48p, $14.95, $7.95 Trade pb. Reviewer: DeborahL. Dubois
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A child asks you, "Where is my daddy?" How would you respond? Preschooler Erik asks his mother this question after an argument with a friend, which once again reminds him that he doesn't have a daddy. Mother responds with simple and truthful answers, reassuring Erik that even though mother and daddy weren't married, he did have a daddy once, but he went away. She also shares with him that even she doesn't really understand the reason, but she is there for him. These answers satisfy Erik. A few days later, Erik ponders the subject of daddy again. Yes, perhaps Erik will have a daddy someday when mother gets married. In the meantime, however, Uncle Bob, Grandpa and Erik will spend time with each other, walking, talking and sharing. Jeanne Warren Lindsay addresses the natural curiosity of children honestly, and she understands the delicate and complex issues of changing family structures. In the "Special Section for Single Parents," professionals and single parents discuss important and relevant issues about the never-married parent, divorced parents, and the totally absent father. Parents and any caring adult will want to share Eric's feelings and questions with children in similar situations or with children who will benefit from learning about and understanding these social changes. The pencil sketches of Jami Moffet complements the text as she highlights the poignant expressions of the characters. 2000, Morning Glory Press, Ages 3 to 8, $14.95 and $7.95. Reviewer: Shirley Long
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-While playing house, Erik is prompted by a questioning friend to ask his mother if he has a daddy. She tells him that he had a daddy in the beginning but that he left. She further explains that some parents get married and take care of their children together, but that she and Erik's father never married because they were so young. Erik's mother emphasizes how much she wanted him and how excited his daddy was when he was born. The story ends with the boy's mother reminding him of the important role his uncle and grandfather play in his life. The text is written in a positive and nurturing manner, and lets children know that there are many different types of family situations. An informative section for single parents on ways they can deal with this issue follows the story. The illustrations are somewhat stiff and amateurish, but do an adequate job of visualizing the text for young children. This book should have a place in libraries, counselors' offices, and social workers' collections.-Susan Knell, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885356635
Publisher:
Morning Glory Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author


Jeanne Warren Lindsay is the author of 16 books, including Books, Babies, and School-Age Parents; The Challenge of Toddlers; and Your Baby's First Year. She lives in Buena Park, California. Jami Moffett is the illustrator of Did My First Mother Love Me? She lives in Sedro-Wooley, Washington.

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