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Dear Daddy

Dear Daddy

by John Schibdel, Abby Levine (Editor), John Schindel

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
With so many children living in homes where the parents have divorced, there is comfort in knowing that others have similar concerns and fears. Jesse misses his Dad and even though they talk on the phone, it just isn't enough. He writes a letter and then another, but doesn't hear back from his Dad. Then a tube comes with a really long rolled-up letter from Dad and an invitation to visit during the summer and a promise to answer all of Jesse's letters.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-Jesse's parents are divorced and live on opposite sides of the country. While the boy has a secure and loving home with his mom, he misses his dad and writes to him. It is many weeks before he receives a reply. His father sends him a mailing tube with a large, rolled-up letter explaining that he had been away but would like Jesse to come visit him during summer vacation. A follow-up phone call brings a smile to the child's face. Emotions that often accompany divorce are briefly touched upon but not explored in any great depth. Pale watercolor-wash illustrations show the characters but do not expand the story. While there is a demand for helpful books on this topic for young children, this bland offering does too little to meet that need.-Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
April Judge
Jesse's daddy lives across the country, and the boy misses him very much. One day, after a phone call, Jesse becomes sad, so he writes his father a letter. When there's no timely response, an unhappy Jesse writes again. He exudes happiness when he finally receives a long, wonderful letter from his dad, who explains that he has been away. The next day, Daddy and Jesse talk on the phone and make plans for a summer visit. Although the story does have some minor unresolved points, the range of emotions Jesse experiences are realistic, and any child who is separated from a parent will easily relate. The soft pastel-colored illustrations rendered in watercolor and colored pencils complement the simple, reassuring story.

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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