Reading with Dad

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A photograph is often the catalyst for recalling some childhood memory, and for the narrator of this book, it sets the stage for a lifetime of memories. In it, she is pictured sitting on her father's lap as he reads aloud to her from The Cat in the Hat.

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 ...

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Overview

A photograph is often the catalyst for recalling some childhood memory, and for the narrator of this book, it sets the stage for a lifetime of memories. In it, she is pictured sitting on her father's lap as he reads aloud to her from The Cat in the Hat.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-In rhyming text, a young woman looks back over the years to the special reading times she shared with her father. As a youngster, she eagerly awaited the time of day when she was able to cuddle in his lap and hear a bedtime story. Over time, their selections moved from The Cat in the Hat to Wind in the Willows and stories of "wizards and rings." The two continue sharing and discussing their reading into her adulthood; it's clearly a bond that unites them. Late in the man's life, his daughter reads to her children and also to him, finishing one night with Psalm 23. Although the story is touching, the sentiment will appeal primarily to adults. A full-page, pen-and-ink illustration with touches of color faces each page of text. Unfortunately, the artwork fails to convey the emotional tone of the book.-Karen Scott, Valley Intermediate School, Pelham, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
A photograph is often the catalyst for recalling some childhood memory, and for the narrator of this book, it sets the stage for a lifetime of memories. In it, she is pictured sitting on her father's lap as he reads aloud to her from The Cat in the Hat. 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.
From The Critics
Richard Jorgensen has written a remarkable book showcasing the profound familial pleasures of a parent reading a book to a child. Reading With Dad focuses on the joys and love of reading, on the strengthening of child/parent bonding and does so with a lyrical text that is superbly and appropriately enhanced with the memorable artwork of Warren Hanson. Reading With Dad can be read with deepest enjoyment by young and old alike, and will be inspirational to all parents seeking to create life-time memories of shared enjoyments with the children, instill within their children a love of reading and of books, as well as children needing that "quality together time" with a parent that no among of mutual television watching can ever hope to equal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931674419
  • Publisher: TRISTAN Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 798,189
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Wonderful Book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2001

    A Fantastic Gift for a Grown Daughter to Give Her Father!

    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 Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Wonderful!

    '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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    This book is the best

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    Read This With Your Child

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2000

    What A Beautiful Book!

    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.

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