Saturday, July 11, 2009

My Dad And Me

I’ve often heard that there aren’t as many books about kids and their dads as there are about kids and their moms. Huh. Well, there are definitely some good ones about dads anyhow. One I just discovered is MY DAD AND ME by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Susan Mitchell.

My Dad and Me is a simple story that shows kids having fun with their dads. The story follows the seasons. A child and father raking leaves in autumn, playing in the snow in winter, hiking in spring, playing at the beach in summer, and there’s a twist. Each page shows a different child and dad, and readers get to learn how children say dad in Hebrew, Mandarin, Hindi, and Spanish. My little guy really got a kick out of it.

Susan Mitchell’s illustrations are fabulous too. Sweet faces and playful scenes are made even more fun with foldout pages. They don’t fold out only once, but twice. I marvel at the planning and creativity it took to make the pictures come together. It’s just lovely, and fun for the little ones. The story is short and simple picture book perfection that my little guy wants to read over and over again.

MY DAD AND ME, written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Susan Mitchell is published by Little Simon(2009). It was previously published as ONLY MY DAD AND ME by HarperFestival(2003).

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