A boy knows all about fathers. He knows there are little things a father understands, like how to play checkers and when to bend the rules at bedtime. And he knows there are big things a father does, like banishing nightmares and spending special time with his son. Even if he doesn't have a father, a boy can imagine one just like that.
LeUyen Pham's tender drawings illustrate Charlotte Zolotow's timeless and timely appreciation of the special bond between fathers and sons.
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Charlotte Zolotow—author, editor, publisher, and educator—has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children's literature. She has written more than seventy books, many of which are picture-book classics, such as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present and William's Doll. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
LeUyen Pham has voted in every single presidential election since she turned eighteen. She is the author and illustrator of A Piece of Cake, All the Things I Love About You, and Big Sister, Little Sister. She has illustrated many other picture books, including the New York Times bestsellers Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. LeUyen lives with her husband and sons in California.From Booklist:
A young boy, whose dad left before he was born, imagines what it would be like to have a father around: they could leave the house together, do the dinner dishes, and play checkers. Dad would help with homework and reassure the boy when he has nightmares. "He would always be on my side, and I could always talk to him." But that's all wishful thinking. Yet his mother likes the father the boy describes, and she tells him, "In case he never comes, just remember when you grow up, you can be a father like that yourself." The first-person voice adds poignancy to the boy's daydreams. The warm-toned illustrations and close-up perspectives of the pretend family reflect an affectionate relationship between father and son. Originally copyrighted in 1971, at a time when fatherless families were becoming a societal issue, the text was most likely intended to be a reassuring, positive message. The handsome paintings depict a contemporary setting, but will today's young boys be consoled by the prospect of being a great dad when they grow up, or is that day too remote to make a difference in a boy's outlook? Cummins, Julie
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