The Fathers Are Coming Home

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“It is nighttime and the fathers are coming home.”

So begins this lyrical tribute to all the fathers everywhere who come home to their children—from the rabbit father who hops home to his little bunnies, to the dog father who comes home to his puppies. A never-before published work from one of children’s literature’s greatest writers and masterfully illustrated by a New York Times bestselling artist, this poignant story concludes with a young boy whose father is a sailor coming ...

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Overview

“It is nighttime and the fathers are coming home.”

So begins this lyrical tribute to all the fathers everywhere who come home to their children—from the rabbit father who hops home to his little bunnies, to the dog father who comes home to his puppies. A never-before published work from one of children’s literature’s greatest writers and masterfully illustrated by a New York Times bestselling artist, this poignant story concludes with a young boy whose father is a sailor coming home from the sea to his son.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brown's simple text and Savage's superb linocuts combine to reassure youngest readers of their fathers' love. Each page focuses on a different creature—“The fish father swims home to his little fish that live in the gurgling brook.” The illustrations convey emotion through deft line work and subtle changes in color and texture. Savage's joyful cover is duplicated on the satisfying last page when a boy's father “comes home from the sea. Home to his little boy.” Ages 2-5. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS—Linocut illustrations in soft, appealing colors depict fathers returning home to their children at day's end. Animals, including a rabbit, ladybug, dog, and bird, are reunited with their offspring in their homes in a hollow tree, under a log, in a birdhouse. One child is also reunited with his sailor father returning from the sea. Mothers are never shown or mentioned. Though the bug flies, the rabbit hops, and the fish swims, there's no movement in the static pictures. Each shows the dad on one page, with one or two sentences of minimal text, facing his youngster on the other. There's not much child appeal here, but the book may reassure some children that their fathers will return home.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
The author of Goodnight Moon has, justifiably, been apotheosized into the pantheon of children's literature's greats. But the seemingly inexhaustible writer left behind a huge quantity of unpublished material-and the sad truth is that not everything she wrote meets her high standards, and this is one example. Spread by spread, animal fathers make their way home to their little ones, concluding with a sailor coming home to his little boy. With the exception of the lion father, "who lives alone, so he comes home to himself," there is little of Brown's signature understated wit or musicality. Savage's illustrations-glowing, blocky linocuts, which evoke in line, shape and color the classic work of Esphyr Slobodkina-do their best, but they cannot lift this barely middling text to greatness. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689833458
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 489,648
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown's contribution to children's literature is legendary. Her many popular titles include Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny and The Little Fur Family and she was one of the best-selling children's writers of all time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Great Children's Book!

    I am in my last year of undergraduate studies to become a teacher of children age 3-grade 3. In classrooms, it is important to have books representing different types of families. This book will relate to those children that have a family member that is deployed.

    Children who have family deployed in the armed forces can easily relate to this book and in many times will find comfort as they read it. The book begins by sharing different father animals that come home to their babies at night. At the end, it shows a father that is a sailor coming home to his son.

    It is a very simple read, so a child will be able to read it with time. It also follows a pattern that the child can catch on to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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