My Father

Overview

A shared dream carries family members out of their drab life into a finer world of music and travel, a dream later fulfilled by the youngest daughter when she becomes a parent herself.

A shared dream carries family members out of their drab life into a finer world of music and travel, a dream later fulfilled by the youngest daughter when she becomes a parent herself.

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Overview

A shared dream carries family members out of their drab life into a finer world of music and travel, a dream later fulfilled by the youngest daughter when she becomes a parent herself.

A shared dream carries family members out of their drab life into a finer world of music and travel, a dream later fulfilled by the youngest daughter when she becomes a parent herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The singer/songwriter pays tribute to a father's dreams for his family in lyrics with an affectionate twist. Ages 4-8. (June)
School Library Journal
K Up-- Bright pastel hues enliven a folk artist's lyrics now set to a quieter music--the harmony of word and picture in picture-book format. The song is told by the youngest daughter of a coal miner, who promises his family that they will someday live in France and describes all of the lovely, fanciful things they will do there. Their real life in Ohio contrasts sharply in dress and activity with this Parisian fantasy. One day the young girl's dream comes true--she lives in Paris with her children and shares the story of her father's life with them. Abridged music notation is printed at the opening, but the lyrics are complete in the book. The impressionistic watercolors are often reminiscent of Monet's paintings. One echoes Degas' ballerinas in ``The Rehearsal.'' The contrasts of reality and the dreams behind it are eloquently interwoven along with the lyrics. One painting, in particular, captures the juxtaposition of the two worlds perfectly: the sisters are sailing paper boats laden with flowers in a small stream just below a hill where a coal plant sits as their miner-father comes home in the background. The illustrations combine with the romantic nostalgia of the song to create a loving momento to a distant dream of a father and his family. Adult readers do not need to know the song to appreciate the sentiment here, while young listeners, although not comprehending all, will be attracted to the gentle, rhyming, poetic language and colorful, warm illustrations. --Marianne Pilla, Upper Dublin Public Library, Dresher, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517072219
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/1991

Meet the Author

Judy Collins
Judy Collins
Judy Collins has recorded more than forty albums. She received an Academy Award nomination for her film Antonia: A Portrait of a Woman and has her own label, Wildflower Records. The author of Morning, Noon, and Night; Singing Lessons; Trust Your Heart; and the novel Shameless, Collins lives in New York City.
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