Say Daddy!
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Say Daddy!

by Michael Shoulders, Teri Weidner
     
 

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Mother shares a book about love while Brother shares a book about friendship. Next Aunt Grace shares a book about adventure. Everyone in this family is eager to share books and have the newest member's affection and attention. But all kidding aside, this family knows the bond that is created when reading aloud with someone you love.

When Daddy closed the last

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Overview

Mother shares a book about love while Brother shares a book about friendship. Next Aunt Grace shares a book about adventure. Everyone in this family is eager to share books and have the newest member's affection and attention. But all kidding aside, this family knows the bond that is created when reading aloud with someone you love.

When Daddy closed the last page, he smiled at me for hours and said, 'Say Daddy! Say Daddy!' He hoped that would be my first word!

But wait. Did we hear correctly? 'Book,' I said. 'Book!'

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
On the day the baby was born, he was welcomed into the world with tears of joy and his very first book. His mother read about kindness and caring and whispered, "Say, Mommy!" because she hoped "Mommy" would be her baby's first word. Daddy read too, about dreams and wishes. When he closed the last page, he whispered "Say, Daddy!" because he hoped "Daddy" would be his baby's first word. Big Brother read, and so did Aunt Grace and Uncle Roy. Grandma read about families and how they celebrate joys and hug tears away. And each, when the last page was read, whispered their name and hoped that would be the baby's first word. But that oh-so-important first word was a surprise to everyone! A sweet book to read aloud to young children, this is heartwarming, full of love and with just a bit of humor, as in this passage: "When Uncle Roy closed the last page he tossed me high in the air, laughed and said, ‘Say, Uncle! Say, Uncle!' He hoped Uncle would be my first word. I just smelled funny. He gave me back to Mom." The, soft watercolor illustrations complement the text nicely. The book jacket lists the many benefits of reading to your child as well as several read-aloud tips. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal

PreS- This story is narrated from the perspective of a newborn: "On the day I was born Mother welcomed me into the world with tears of joy and read me my first book." Daddy reads to his baby bear as soon as they come home from the hospital. One after another and over time, various family members share books with the baby, pointing out what wonderful adventures can be found within the pages. The stories convey important messages about kindness and caring, dreaming and making wishes come true, friendship, the value of laughter, and more. After reading aloud, each relative urges the child to say his or her name, but it's no surprise that the child's first word is "book" (though the father still hopes that the second one will be "Daddy"). Pastel watercolor illustrations heighten the dreamy, sweet, and cheerful atmosphere of this heavily messaged tale. Parents and caregivers make the best audience for this story, which would be useful in literacy and wellness programs for young families and will find a place in parenting collections along with Rosemary Wells's Read to Your Bunny (Scholastic, 1998).-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585363544
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
02/21/2008
Series:
Sleeping Bear Picture Books
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
788,108
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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