Say Daddy!by Michael Shoulders
When Daddy closed the last
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!'
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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What a heartwarming tale Michael has weaved for the reader! When a young bear comes home from the hospital, everyone in his family reads a book to him. They tell this child about all of the wonderful things in life that can be found between the pages of a book. When each family member finishes the book, they want the baby to say their name. Wait until you read what his first word is! 'Say Daddy' has the ability to make you smile, laugh, and cry. This book is a definite must for every child's collection, and for every parent who believes one of the most important jobs they have, is reading to their child.