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This is a realistic portrayal of a little girl’s love for her absent father and her disappointment at being “stood up” by him. Phoebe can hardly contain her excitement as she anticipates the visit that she’s been wanting for more than two years. When once again her father cancels his visit because “something came up,” Phoebe struggles with her disappointment. Her mother helps her realize that she can cope with being disappointed by someone she...
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Overview


This is a realistic portrayal of a little girl’s love for her absent father and her disappointment at being “stood up” by him. Phoebe can hardly contain her excitement as she anticipates the visit that she’s been wanting for more than two years. When once again her father cancels his visit because “something came up,” Phoebe struggles with her disappointment. Her mother helps her realize that she can cope with being disappointed by someone she loves and move ahead with her life.

Eight-year-old Phoebe looks forward to a visit from her absent father and must deal with her disappointment when "something comes up" and he must postpone his visit.

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Children's Literature
This picture book deals poignantly and intelligently with the disappointment of a child who is stood up by an absent parent. Eight-year-old Phoebe eagerly anticipates her father's visit after a two-year hiatus. The night before his promised arrival, she is sleepless with excitement. The next morning she gets up very early so as to look just right for his early visit. She races toward the door when she hears a car, which is only someone turning around in the driveway. Brushing away her tears, Phoebe eats breakfast and dismisses her mother's suggestion that she go to a friend's party. After watching TV for hours, Phoebe gets the dreaded phone call. Her father can't come today but promises to come tomorrow. Something has come up. Mother and daughter have learned to cope with such disappointment. Phoebe goes to her party, knowing that she'll be okay the next day, whether or not her beloved father arrives. The illustrations in watercolor, pastels and pencil beautifully reveal Phoebe's many moods on this important day. There is a special section in the back of the book written for single parents as a guide to dealing with their children's relationships with absent parents. 2001, Morning Glory Press, $14.95 and $7.95. Ages 7 up. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins
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K-Gr 4-Eight-year-old Phoebe hasn't seen her father in two years. The night before he is supposed to visit, she is so excited that she can barely sleep. In the morning, she eagerly waits for him to arrive, but he calls at the last minute to cancel. The child's disappointment is palpable; she loves her father and is perplexed by his avoidance of her. Her mother stays in the background and offers comfort, but does not utter a negative word about the man. After spending a few moments alone thinking about how the rest of her family is always there for her, Phoebe quickly recovers and rushes off to a party. Despite all of this book's good intentions, the writing is lukewarm and provides little insight into the girl's emotional state. Although she is heartbroken, she is never shown as angry or sullen and, therefore, seems plastic. The illustrations, done in watercolor, pastels, and pencil, are adequate if not inspiring, and Phoebe's features seem to change from page to page. A lengthy section at the end of the story gives parents advice about dealing with this type of situation.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885356727
  • Publisher: Morning Glory Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author


Angela Seward is the author of Maxx and the Wishing Bone. She lives in Newport News, Virginia. Donna Ferreiro lives in La Crescenta, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    Not just for single parents.

    This is the best book I have ever read to remind all parents that no matter how angry we get at our partners and most likely for good reason we must remember that children don't see things that way. Children love both parents perfectly and forever, no matter what. It's important for us to remember our own childhoods when our parents were arguing or having problems. We never knew who was right or wrong. Even if we did, it didn't change the way we felt about either of them. We only saw two people we loved with all our hearts. This book helps kids deal with disappointing parents and helps the parent who is left behind to pick up the pieces. It is a great tool when these things happen. It also helps single parents when the other parent doesn't show up when they are supposed to. Single parents and households with two parents alike should buy this book. It enlightens us to the world as our children see it. I loved it and will read it to my children over and over. I live in a household with two parents and it still applies here. I really admire the mother in this book. SHE IS MY NEW HERO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    Beautiful illustrations!

    This is a wonderful book about a subject that isn't usually talked about. The illustrations are very lush and the illustrator really captures the mood of the hopeful, yearning child.

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