My Father Is Taller than a Tree

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Award-winning author Joseph Bruchac delivers a charming and heart-warming story about fathers and sons. Perfect with other Father's Day gems like Alison Ritchie's Me and My Dad and Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You.

In this tender tribute to dads everywhere, lyrical rhymes capture heartwarming moments shared between thirteen diverse father-and-son pairs. Everyday activities, like bike riding and raking leaves, become a reminder that life's simple pleasures can offer the ...

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Overview

Award-winning author Joseph Bruchac delivers a charming and heart-warming story about fathers and sons. Perfect with other Father's Day gems like Alison Ritchie's Me and My Dad and Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You.

In this tender tribute to dads everywhere, lyrical rhymes capture heartwarming moments shared between thirteen diverse father-and-son pairs. Everyday activities, like bike riding and raking leaves, become a reminder that life's simple pleasures can offer the greatest rewards.

"Celebrates the role fathers play in their sons' lives and the many kinds of families who live in the U.S. Sons will find comfort on every page."—Publishers Weekly

"A charming celebration of fathers, dads, pops, papas, and pas."—School Library Journal

 

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Publishers Weekly
This friendly poem celebrates the role fathers play in their sons' lives and the many kinds of families who live in the U.S. Working in crayon, Halperin draws father-son pairs around the country: an Asian father and son in San Francisco, a blind father with his son at a farmer's market, an African-American duo playing hide-and-seek. Smaller panels reveal more details about their lives, while Bruchac's verse runs along the bottom: “He pats my back when I feel sad./ He understands 'cause he's my dad.” The softly shaded drawings suggest similarly quiet emotions, and small sons will find comfort on every page. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)
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Halperin's soft palette reinforces the caring feeling between the 13 father-son pairs.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This is a collection of thirteen mini-stories, one per double page, about father-son pairs in a wide diversity of appearances involved in a variety of activities together. The text is a rather forced and uninspired one line, rhymed couplet, caption. A strip of four small scenes across the bottom extends the large illustration across the top two-thirds of the double pages. Bubbles across the end pages are echoed on the title page filled with vignettes from the actions inside. The final spread includes twenty-four similar vignettes. Using Crayola crayons, Crayola twistable, Staples twistable crayons, Caran d'Ache crayons, and pencil, Halperin deftly exploits the soft textures and details to create heartwarming scenes of loving relationships. Fathers and sons play four-hand piano and hide-and-seek, go rowing or bike-riding, and enjoy both beach and snow. The text is almost redundant. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Short, simple rhymes are highlighted by Halperin's wonderfully expressive, soft yet colorful crayon and pencil drawings. Each of the 13 diverse father/son duos is pictured on a spread in a large illustration accompanied by four small ones, showing the two sharing an activity, such as raking leaves, biking, or spending a day in the park. The pictures could stand alone with their gentle, loving depictions, and they are the focal point of this book. The uneven, singsong sentences are simple enough for early readers: "Dad knows the times I like to hide/and when to call me back inside./Pop doesn't need to buy me stuff./Just being with him is enough." Though the rhymes are unexceptional, the illustrations make this book a charming celebration of fathers, dads, pops, papas, and pas.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803731738
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 968,403
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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