Kevin and His Dad

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A simple, graceful text and illustrations infused with warmth and love make this story of a day a boy and his dad spend together a special reading experience. Young boys and their fathers will relish this book that celebrates the ordinary things dads and kids can do together. Full color.

Kevin feels excitement, pride, pleasure, and love as he spends an entire day working and playing with his father.

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Overview

A simple, graceful text and illustrations infused with warmth and love make this story of a day a boy and his dad spend together a special reading experience. Young boys and their fathers will relish this book that celebrates the ordinary things dads and kids can do together. Full color.

Kevin feels excitement, pride, pleasure, and love as he spends an entire day working and playing with his father.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Odean
Large, textured illustrations convey the love between an African-American father and his young son as they work and relax together one Saturday. While Mom is away, the two clean house, then head out to play baseball and go to a movie. Wordplay jazzes up the descriptions of dusting, washing windows and doing laundry, while the family dog adds a touch of humor. The boy's excitement and his father's pleasure in spending a whole day together come across in a way that children will appreciate.
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
Mom is away for the day so Kevin and his dad get to do all the housework plus have some fun time too. It is a special time for Kevin to have the whole day with his father who helps to make the normal chores more fun. After the work is done, they spend the afternoon and evening playing baseball, going to the movies and to dinner. The story line is simple, but the rhyming and repetitious words create a fun pattern to read aloud. Colorful, full page illustrations show the excitement that Kevin is feeling while being the center of his father's day.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-While Mom's away one Saturday, Kevin and his dad spend a companionable day together. First, they clean the house, then they have a little batting practice in the park, and, finally, the guys enjoy an action movie followed by a snack and a walk home. The simple language and unobtrusive rhyme of the text is well matched by the soft, realistic illustrations in oils, which show an African-American father and son quietly savoring their time together. Good humor-and a bit of lighthearted silliness that transforms ordinary chores into something special and enjoyable-is shown in such recognizable bits of action as using a feather duster on the nose of their golden retriever, who manages to involve himself in every activity. Soft, sunny tones and large areas of color, applied thinly enough to show the texture of the canvas, convey the action, yet allow readers to focus on the affectionate interaction between father and son rather than only on the tasks being performed. With its easy, rhythmic language and readily recognizable activities, this is a good choice for storytime. And, of course, young dog lovers will follow everything that the golden retriever does.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There is something profoundly elemental going on in Smalls's book: the capturing of a moment of unmediated joy. It's not melodramatic, but just a Saturday in which an African-American father and son immerse themselves in each other's company when the woman of the house is away. Putting first things first, they tidy up the house, with an unheralded sense of purpose motivating their actions: "Then we clean, clean, clean the windows,/wipe, wipe, wash them right./My dad shines in the windows' light." When their work is done, they head for the park for some batting practice, then to the movies where the boy gets to choose between films. After a snack, they work their way homeward, racing each other, doing a dance step or two, then "Dad takes my hand and slows down./I understand, and we slow down./It's a long, long walk./We have a quiet talk and smile." Smalls treats the material without pretense, leaving it guileless and thus accessible to readers. Hays's artwork is wistful and idyllic, just as this day is for one small boy. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316798990
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Smalls has been a model, an actress, a radio reporter, and a small business owner, but her favorite job is being a children's author. She has written several books for young readers, including Jonathan and His Mommy, also illustrated by Michael Hays.

Michael Hays has illustrated many picture books, as well as many book jackets for older readers. He has also taught children's book illustration at Columbia College Chicago, and enjoys music and storytelling.

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