My Little Girl

My Little Girl

by Tim McGraw, Tom Douglas

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Ordinary days are magical when spent with those you love.

Dad and his little girl, along with their very large bloodhound, set off on an ordinary day and turn it into a wonderful adventure. From dancing by a duck pond to swinging on a tire swing, lots of laughs and love are shared in time spent together. The day ends with a sweet "Goodnight, I love you" from Dad. And a whisper, "I love you more" from his little girl.

This book is a delightful reminder that spending time together really matters. Simple moments, laughter and knowing you are loved builds lasting relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418576233
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/19/2008
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Tim McGraw is:dad of three daughters, husband to Faith Hill, Country music superstar, Grammy Winner, American Music Award Winner, People's Choice Winner, highest grossing tour in history (with wife, Faith Hill), and has sold more than 35 million albums. Yet, beneath all the accolades beats the heart of a dad who immensely loves his family.

Tom Douglas is a singer-songwriter who graduated from Oglethorpe University and received an MBA from Georgia State University. He is the writer of hits "Little Rock" by Collin Raye, "The Gift" by Jim Brickman, "Love's the Only House" by Martina McBride, and "Grown Men Don't Cry" by Tim McGraw. He and his wife havethree children.

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My Little Girl

By Tim McGraw Tom Douglas

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2008 Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4185-7623-3

Chapter One

One of my favorite memories of our family is an evening not long ago when Tim and our girls were snuggled up in bed reading a book. Baths were taken, hair was washed and combed, teeth were brushed, and pj's were on ... all was right with the world.

I was so happy when Tim told me that he and Tom Douglas were asked to write this book, because I believe that books provide a gateway into a child's imagination. They inspire and instill not only knowledge, but also endless possibility. Someone once said that if a child has a story in her heart, she will never be lonely. I'd like to think that is true.

I hope this story provides quality time for fathers and daughters to enjoy each other's company and make memories reading together.

Faith Hill

A "better than chocolate ice cream with sprinkles" kind of day!

Daddy said tomorrow they would have a spectacular day-just the two of them. He must be planning something remarkable. Something unbelievable! Katie couldn't wait.

Palio, her playful spotted puppy who never, ever, ever left her side, thought an ice cream kind of day sounded great.

"This is the start of a day to remember, Palio," announced Katie.

"Hmm, what am I going to wear?

If we go to the ball, I must wear my tiara. But if we go to Africa, I will need my jungle boots!"

Katie finally decided to put on ... everything!

"Mornin', Katie girl," Dad called from the bottom of the stairs. "Ready for our big day? Even though we're doing nothing in particular, just being together will be spectacular!"

Wait just a time-out minute! Katie thought. Did he say we were doing- nothing in particular?

"First stop, the co-op!" said Dad. "The co-op? Aw, Daddy, there's nothing spectacular about a co-op. It's just a bunch of feed and hay and boring stuff," Katie pouted.

"But there's something new at the co-op, and I know you'll love it," said Dad. "Let's go see."

"Bunnies! And baby chicks!" squealed Katie.

"Don't eat my sleeve, little bunny!" "They sure are cute, aren't they?" said Dad. "C'mon, Katie. There's something else I'd like to show you."

"Mommy duck sure is proud of her babies," Dad said. "But not as proud as I am of my little girl!"

"Those baby ducks look like they are doing a samba dance all in line," Katie said, swaying with the rhythm of the duck samba.

"My little girl is the best dancer ever- just look at you twirl!" Katie danced and twirled until she was too dizzy to stand.

Katie plopped down in the grass and leaned back to look at cloud shapes.

"Look! That cloud looks just like Palio!"

She pointed to the sky. "And there's a frog about to jump on his head! Do you see it?"

"I think so." Dad grinned. "Now can you guess what I see?"

"That giant ice cream cone? Or that big, round pickle and strawberry pizza?" Katie guessed as her tummy let out a growl.

"I see a beautiful princess who needs some lunch," Dad said.

"Hey, Daddy, let's spell words with our letters. We'll see which one of us does better." Katie spelled L-O-V-E, but the U dropped to the floor.

Without missing a beat, Daddy found a U in his soup and spelled L-O-V-E U M-O-R-E!

"Daddy, swing me all the way over the sun!" Katie urged.

"Okay, hold on tight, Katie girl." Dad pushed her high, and she squealed happily. "There's one ... two ... three!"

"Now it's your turn, Daddy!" Katie announced, climbing out of the swing. "Hop in."

Katie pushed and pushed with all her might, but she could only budge Dad a few inches.

They both laughed as he kicked his legs high, pretending to fly over the setting sun until it disappeared.

"I had a spectacular, nothing-in-particular day," Katie declared.

"Better than going to a royal ball?" Dad teased, as they piggybacked up the stairs. "What was your favorite part?" Katie thought for a moment. Then she said, "Being with you!"

"I'm glad I've got my shades on, 'cause your smile is as bright as the sun," said Dad.

"Oh, Daddy, everyone knows you don't wear sunglasses at night," Katie giggled. "All right, Katie," Dad said.

"Time for bed."

"Daddy, tell me a story about when you were a little boy. Please?" Katie begged.

"Okay," Dad said. "When I was a little boy, I used to dream about marrying a very pretty girl." "Mommy?" Katie guessed. "That's right!" Dad said. "And I dreamed that we would someday have a beautiful little girl."

"Me!" Katie laughed.

"...and thank You, God, for Mommy, and Daddy, and my bestest friend Palio," Katie prayed.

Dad hugged and kissed Katie. Then he said, "I love you, my little girl." As Katie hugged her daddy tight, she whispered in his ear, "Love you more."

"We hope this book inspires Dads and Daughters to spend time together just being Dads and Daughters. Please feel free to write your own story or special 'love you more' moment in the space below." Timand Tom


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My Little Girl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
There's something special between fathers and daughters and this book captures the simple truths. Time together is such a precious and sweet thing. Gives you good feelings all around.
laini brannan More than 1 year ago
i read this book to my little sister and she said she loved it. as for me i enjoyed it and want to be the first to tell you...:)
MichelleMM More than 1 year ago
I thought the book, My Little Girl, was an EXCELLENT book by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas. I look forward to reading Tim's second book.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Katie's Dad has promised her a special day. As she's getting ready she is having visions of a royal ball as a princess and an adventurer stomping through the jungle in Africa. What she gets is a typical day with nothing in particular planned. But the time spent with her Dad turns in the best day of all. I thought this book was too cute. What I especially liked was that there is a special page at the beginning to dedicate this book for your "little girl" and a page at the end to write out your own "love you more" story. I recommend picking this book up for daughters or special girls up to about age 10.
julyso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daddy told Katie they were going to have a spectacular day, just the two of them. First, Katie had to figure out what to wear, very tricky. Daddy told her they were going to do nothing in particular and that didn't sound too interesting to Katie. First, they went to the co-op to see some bunnies and chicks, then Daddy and Katie did a special dance just like mama duck. They did lots of neat things together and they ended up having a great day, just the two of them.The thing I love best about this sweet book are the illustrations, beautiful and so charming. My favorite one is Daddy. The story is a lot of fun, with lots of sweet comments from Daddy to Katie. I am sure lots of little girls would love to share this book with their daddy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book becausr i love tim magraw
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After i read this book my dad took me on a daddy daughter date. All we did was hang out. I am a total daddy's girl and i always will be. I just want Tim McGraw to know my daddy and i will always be yur biggest fans untill the end of time. Love-MiKayla. :v)
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This book is adorable. Great book for a daddy to read to his daughter. The illustration is beautiful.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
My Little Girl is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
SusieQ55 More than 1 year ago
I am a preschool teacher and purchase a large quantity of children's books. I had heard about this book because of Tim McGraw and when I saw it I purchased several copies. It captivates the reader with pictures and that dad's and their girls can find things to do together. The princess attitude and a daddy's love can be dealt with if you give it a chance. I am sometimes lead to buy children's books for grown-ups needing the message. I gave this book to my son to read to his two little girls.
browneyed-mama More than 1 year ago
I admit to being a fringe country music fan, and I appreciate the expressions of Christian faith I hear in McGraw's music, as well as hearing of his devotion as a husband and father, so I was curious about his foray into children¿s literature.

My daughter and I really enjoyed this sweet-as-sugar-and-spice book that celebrates the relationship between a father and daughter.

In the story, Katie prepares for an extravagant day with her father, but his plans didn¿t include anything extraordinary. Their enjoyment of each other is inspiring and put many smiles on my daughter¿s face. The whimsical illustrations add to the charm by really bringing out the characters¿ personalities.

As a parent I often think that creating great memories requires big events, extravagance or money, but McGraw¿s story shows that even ¿nothing-in-particular¿ moments can strengthen the bond between a parent and child and provide lasting memories of life together.

I was encouraged how McGraw, a top-selling musician, writes in a down-to-earth manner and how he demonstrates his faith and values in subtle ways in his writing, such as Katie¿s bedtime prayer. His wife Faith Hill writes the forward and expresses her hope ¿for fathers and daughters to enjoy each other¿s company and make memories reading together.¿
AvidBookReaderCA More than 1 year ago
I thought about reviewing this book before Christmas as a special book for Father¿s to give their young daughters. I realized in reading the book that the point is that every day is a special day if you are spending it with the people you love. It is his way of letting her know how much he loves her and that his little girl is very important to him.

Katie's dad promises her a "spectacular day" for just the two of them. At the though of this, Katie starts to imagine all sorts of fun and creative things that they could do together. What to wear? Her tiara if they are going to the ball or her jungle boots if they go to Africa.

It turns out her father had something different in mind. They are going to do nothing in particular, just being together ¿ father and daughter. They have fun running errands and doing, 'everyday things' ¿ a trip to the co-op, a lunch of alphabet soup, and a swing in the park. Katie declares, ¿I had a spectacular, nothing-in-particular day¿.

I enjoyed the beautiful illustrations by Julia Denos that thoroughly capture the relationship between the father and daughter. Faith Hill writes the forward to the book saying ¿that books provide a gateway into a child's imagination¿ and that her hope is this book will provide ¿quality time¿ for fathers and daughters to spend time together.

I enjoyed this book this book. It is a delightful reminder that spending time together really matters.
lookingtolearn More than 1 year ago
My Little Girl, by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas is a sweet book written from a father's heart. Although there is not much action or plot within this story, it is a great demonstration of the importance of time spent together, regardless of what you are doing. If you are looking for a story to help you communicate to your daughter how important she is, this would be a great story to read together. There are a few names or places that might not be familiar to some little girls, such as co-op or feed, but that does not take away for the story and gives the opportunity for imagination to grow. It is very apparent how much these authors love their little girls as they created this story. Quality time spent with our children is lacking these days with the need to entertain or keep them active which makes this book the perfect example for both parents and children of what could be. The illustrations throughout the book are colorful and give the little one's eye lots to lookat from fun dressup clothes to sweet bunnies to demonstrations of love between a father and daughter. This is the perfect book for you to read to your daughter if you are trying to create some quality time together. Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is good for Tim McGraw fans, but is generally a poor book otherwise. The illustrations are awkward and the story is difficult to follow.
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RamblingMother More than 1 year ago
It is a very simple book that celebrates the mundane everyday things that become the spectacular memories of childhood. This dad promises his little girl a spectacular day just with her. In her planning for the day of which she knows only it will be her dad and her she picks an outfit consisting of everything from tiara to jungle boots. I can totally relate to this as my kiddo does the same packing for overnights witht he grandparents.

This is really a sweet book but I have one complaint, the transitions from activity to activity are not very smooth. Twice I started one page but thought I had skipped a page and had to go back. The illustrations are every important to the book.

The point of the book though is to point out that memories are not only made by the spectacular but even the mundane things become specatcular when shared. The dad in the book really points out his love and his pride for his daughter both verbally and physically by spending time with her.

Both he and his wife want to foster the daddy/daughter relationships which is so very important to a girl's self-esteem and well-being.
DebbieLynne More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading a wonderful children¿s book written by country music singer Tim McGraw and songwriter Tom Douglas. My Little Girl is the story of a little girl named Katie and her Daddy and their plans to spend a spectacular day together. Katie is expecting big plans from her Daddy and is ready for all kinds of adventures, but she becomes somewhat disappointed when he tells her that they were going to do ¿nothing in particular.¿ Their day of ¿nothing in particular¿ turns into a trip of playing with the bunnies at the co-op, dancing, gazing at the clouds, swinging in a tire, and writing words in their alphabet soup over lunch. It didn¿t take Katie long to realize that a spectacular day is spending time with one that you love.

The book¿s illustrations by Julia Denos are vibrant, bright, and fun. You can feel Katie¿s excitiement through the pictures. My Little Girl features an inscription page to complete which adds to making it an ideal gift idea. There is a foreward by Tim McGraw¿s wife, Faith Hill, that mentions their three girls and how reading provides a gateway to every child¿s future. The final page in the book provides an area to write a special Daddy / Daughter moment.

This book would be an excellent choice for Daddies to give and read to their daughters. I¿m sure it will inspire Daddies and daughters to spend more time together doing ordinary things. What little girl doesn¿t want more one-on-one time with her Daddy? The best part of the story is that it shows you don¿t need anything fancy or expensive to have fun. Just spending time doing everyday things provides some of the greatest memories you could ever have.
4amigos More than 1 year ago
Tim McGraw wrote a fun but simple story of a father and daughter spending the day with one another. They do nothing in particular, but the entire day is special to them. They look at animals, dance, swing, and look at the clouds. This book shows the great bond that a father and daughter have. Julia Denos has done a beautiful job with the illustrations. They are colorful and fun to look at. The end of the book has a page where a dad and daughter can write about their own special day. This book will be a favorite for little girls.
CheekyJS More than 1 year ago
I ordered My Little Girl, by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas, thinking "it's pink, so E will like it, but I know it's gonna be cheesy". I must admit, this skeptic was pleasantly surprised.

The pictures are captivating--colorful and likable. The storyline is down to earth and believable. Except for the really coutryish parts--I'm too citified to find excitement in dancing with chickens and riding in a pick-up truck.

I love the fact that this book made the mundane everyday tasks of the day "super spectacular special"--just because daddy and his little girl were together. It doesn't take a trip to Disney, a new Hannah Montana wardrobe, and an iphone to make a day special, it's just doing life TOGETHER that makes it so special.

I loved that at the end of the story there's a page where you are encouraged to spend some special daddy-daughter time and write your own story or memory.

I think I'd have to, begrudgingly almost, recommend this book!
KrisZ More than 1 year ago
I recently had the opportunity to read "My Little Girl" by Tim Mcgraw and Tom Douglas. The story is about a day a dad spends with his little girl. It's a sweet portrayal of the admiration they share for one another. The illustration was my favorite part of this book. It brought the story to life and engaged my daughter. It I thought it would be appropriate to have my husband read this book to our four year old little girl and observe the result. She was obsorbed by it and commented on things as the story progressed. It was enjoyable for me to watch them interact as they seemed to participate in the journey with the characters. After the story was over, they headed into the kitchen and made brownies together. It is at the core of a little girls heart to be loved and adored by her father. This book brings to light the beauty of that relationship and will hopefully remind fathers all over to take time out to invest in the heart of their little girls. As is true in most relationships, the most important thing is spending time together not what the time is spent doing. I appreciate that truth being a highlight of this book and instilling that value somewhere in the heart of my daughter. On the critical side, the beginning lost me for a second. I think the dog was pondering what the day would be about? I'm not sure. It only lasted for a page though and didn't negatively effect the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago