The Best Father of All

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"I feel so safe when I'm with you," Sebastian the little turtle tells his father. "Yes," said his father. "That's what a father does—"he keeps you safe." Father relates some of the many things different fathers do for their children—"chirping encouragement as they learn to fly, setting up croaking concerts to showcase their talents—"and lets Sebastian guess just what animal father is being described. In the end, Sebastian, like children everywhere, decided his own loving father is the very best father of all!
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"I feel so safe when I'm with you," Sebastian the little turtle tells his father. "Yes," said his father. "That's what a father does—"he keeps you safe." Father relates some of the many things different fathers do for their children—"chirping encouragement as they learn to fly, setting up croaking concerts to showcase their talents—"and lets Sebastian guess just what animal father is being described. In the end, Sebastian, like children everywhere, decided his own loving father is the very best father of all!
This sequel to "When I Grow Up &," which "Booklist" described as "a story &that celebrates the special bond between father and son," reaffirms that loving bond in a sweet and entertaining way.

A turtle father and son play a guessing game about what kind of father does certain things for his children, such as chirping encouragement as they learn to fly, or organizing a croaking concert.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Irrepressible Sebastian, the little turtle, asks his own father "What do fathers do?" In the series of guessing game questions that follows, father turtle reveals all sort of things loving fathers from the animal kingdom "do." Sebastian quickly guesses which father shows his children how to hop from stalk to stalk. "That's a father grasshopper!" "That must be a father bat," is his reply to the question about which father puts his children to sleep in the middle of the day. The softly-defined illustrations are simple but perfectly suited to the text and give visual reinforcement to Sebastian and his father's discussion on the merits of different things fathers share with their children. Human children will be quick to recognize the analogies to their own experiences: "my dad encourages me when I try things—like the father bird chirping when his babies try to fly," and all of the other situations so sweetly brought to light in this lovely lap-time read aloud. I think that teachers will find this a wonderful reading experience to share with a group, as well. The children will be eager to guess what kind of father will be next and to assign the characteristics described to the proper dear old dad before the picture is revealed. Love and guidance abound in this charming addition to literature about fathers and their offspring. 2002, North-South Books, Ages 2 to 5.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In this sequel to When I Grow Up- (North-South, 1999), Sebastian asks what fathers do besides protect their families. The senior turtle answers by describing what different meadowland dads do for their children and asking which animal he is talking about. "Well, a father encourages his children. He chirps to them when they try to fly for the first time. Can you guess which father that is?" Of course, at the end, the little turtle decides that his dad is the best of all, as the two burrow in a pile of autumn leaves to keep warm during the coming winter. Kadmon's illustrations for this gentle story fill the oversized pages with soft, glowing greens, blues, and oranges, and beautifully depict various creatures and their young. This lovely book is perfect for sharing one-on-one and for storytime, where it has good potential as a participatory tale.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735819771
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (NY)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,258,221
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Horn, a schoolteacher, studied English language and literature in Vienna, and received a master's degree in 1987.

Peter Horn was born in Krems, Austria. A schoolteacher, he has articles on literature and film. He and Cristina Kadmon collaborated on one When I Grow Up . . . featuring the little turtle Sebastian and his father.

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