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This powerful ritual of sharing stories becomes the comforting foundation of the narrator's childhood, and follows her through adolescence and into adulthood. In simple rhyming verse, the development of the reader is seen with ...
This powerful ritual of sharing stories becomes the comforting foundation of the narrator's childhood, and follows her through adolescence and into adulthood. In simple rhyming verse, the development of the reader is seen with the father always in the background as an engaging and involved presence. There is a cyclical quality to Reading with Dad, as the girl grows up and reads to her own children (with Dad rocking and nodding in the background).
As an adult, she reads to her own father when he is bedridden. Although the mother is absent from the story, there is the sense that this is a child who is surrounded not only by quality literature, but also by love and affection. Hanson's illustrations are a curious mixture --line drawings partly filled with color, almost as though they are old Polaroid photographs coming into focus. Especially touching is one showing the girl at about age ten, reading with her father by flashlight on the porch swing, as an antidote for insomnia.
The book has a clean and pleasing design. At the edge of each right hand page is a little flip-book movie, appropriately enough, of a book with turning pages. For all who have experienced the power of sharing books with those they love, Jorgensen's Reading with Dad will touch a chord.
Posted June 29, 2009
As grandparents, my husband and I gave the book to our son for Father's Day. He loves to read to his children - 2 and 4 years old, and what a wonderful tribute to reading to your children!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2001
With Father's Day coming up, what can a grown daughter with a family of her own give as a present to a father who always read to her? This book makes an ideal choice. Any father would be thrilled to receive it, along with a photograph of father and daughter reading together. If you don't have such a photograph now, why not pose for one? 'We're there in the photo that hangs on the wall,/ the first childhood memory I can recall . . .' The poetry develops around a mutual love of reading, and the closeness that it has brought. The illustrations by Warren Hanson add a timeless, but time-tinged, romantic feeling to these moments of closeness that will tug at your heart. And what do you think they are reading in the first photograph? Why, The Cat in the Hat! Think of that! 'That photograph shows the best times that I've had:/ all those times I spent reading with Dad.' As the story develops and time passes, the roles change. At eight, her father listens to her reading to her dolly, hamster and stuffed bear. In college, they would discuss authors over the telephone that she was reading. After she is a mother, she owns the old reading chair, and he watches her read The Cat in the Hat to her two little girls. As he ages, she reads to him while he is in bed. As she thinks about all of these experiences, she remembers that 'there was always a book before saying good-night.' 'The best of the times that I've ever had/ are all of those times I've spend reading with Dad.' The illustrations are filled with closeness, Dad and daugher hugging or sitting close to one another. They make you feel a warmth in your chest that makes you yearn to have such moments with a father or a daughter. But if you are like me, you will find that the best part is the idea of how to use reading as a connection throughout life. What a wonderful way to reinforce a heritage of reading! I suggest that you think about how you can build on all of those wonderful stories you read together years ago. One way that I did it was to ask my daughter which books we had read together she liked best. Then I wrote a review of each one, and posted it on-line giving her full credit for the selection. In many cases, I also described her reactions to the stories. In this way, she can read a journal of our experiences together with those books. And the journal can be shared with her children someday. You can do the same . . . or even better, pick something that will mean even more in your family! Connect with all you love and care about through books and reading! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2001
'Reading with Dad' is a wonderful story that 'really speaks to you' according to one child. The concept is brilliant - revolving around the act of reading throughout life - while not being overwhelming. This one-of-a-kind storybook is beautifully worded and delightfully illustrated. And it is a great way to inspire children to read while encouraging adults to read with children. Recommended for all children but especially as a gift for a child, a babyshower present, or an addition to a preschool or elementary classroom.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2000
This book is the best one for kids...bar none! I happen to know the author, he is the pastor at my church. He did a great job of writing this book that no preschool teacher should be without!!! Great job Pastor Dick!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2000
This is a perfect book to give to fathers and children with fathers. It could start a trend for them to read together. It just melted my heart. The illustrations were just perfect to catch the touching mood of the book. A good read for all ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2000
Having read to my children and grandchildren, I get a lump in my throat everytime I read 'Reading With Dad'. It brings back fond memories. Every parent should read this book to their children or grandchildren. It is a wonderful book with beautiful illustrations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.