Book Review: Daddies Do

We recently found a new favorite book at the library – Daddies Do written by a Virginia author (yay!), Leslie Evans and illustrated by Elisa Ferro.

Our home library is full of books about “Mommy and Me” and “Mommy loves you,” etc. So I am always on the lookout to balance this with some books that involve Daddy.

This sweet little book (click for Daddies Do book trailer) was on an end cap at our local library, and I was instantly drawn to the cute illustrations with animals and the title which included dads. I knew Chou chou would love to (“Finally!!”) see a book that demonstrated that dads can (and are!) involved in raising their kids. I grabbed the book, flipped through just a few pages and checked it out. Mon Cœur (MC) wanted to read it right away when we got home and I was curious too. We read the book together that afternoon and she gave it to her daddy to read that same night.

There are so many things I love about this book: the sing-songy rhymes that make it lyrical to read, the fun and silly things daddies do with their kids that makes me laugh and reminisce, and the repetition in the book which lends to MC “reading” with her daddy.

What I love most about this book though, is that MC gets this book out and hands it to her daddy to read every night, and now after a few weeks of reading it, she says with him, “Daddies Do!”

This is such a sweet book that MC chose to renew it when it was due, and it will be making a permanent appearance in our house next Father’s Day!

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Book Review: Pie is for Sharing

Mon Cœur is at an age and stage where we are learning many social norms, among them what it means to share. When we were last at the library, we found Pie Is for Sharing written by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and illustrated by Jason Chin. It is a beautifully illustrated book with equally lovely wording, and the setting is a Fourth of July picnic in a park.

Simple sentences talk about what can be shared, what’s easy to share (cousins), and hard to share (best friends). The illustrations are wonderful for sparking conversation – the first page in fact is only a picture, one of a family getting ready to go to a picnic. They are placing pies in a basket, filling water bottles, the littlest is playing peek-a-boo with the dog. A book bag and bike helmet is on the floor, which lends itself to a prediction.

We have delighted in talking about each picture, and there are so many details to find and discuss – we see something new each time we read it!

It doesn’t talk about how to share though, so we are still on a hunt for that.

After we read, Mon Cœur asked to paint. I am out of canvases (we hunt for them at the Goodwill), and we just read about pies, so I figured we could paint pies together using paper plates…

Voilà! – and afterwards I asked her what she liked to share. “Green paint.”

Book Review: How to Two

Mon Cœur and I have been going to story time at the library, and recently we have begun to check out books to borrow and read. She helps choose the books, then she hands the library card to the librarian and helps carry the books home. I love it because the library has so many more books than we could ever think to own, with some that are beautifully illustrated, some that are beautifully written, and some that are just fun to check out…

This past week we checked out How to Two by David Soman. Check out the book trailer by Penguin Books here. There are so many things to love about this book:

1. The beautiful illustrations. Soman creates beautiful scenes using watercolor of kids playing on the playground. My favorite page? The page with seven kids splashing in a puddle, with their reflections.

2. The counting. This book counts up to ten, then back to one, and ends with a child in a mother’s lap reading a book together, thus the title “How to Two.” For each page up to ten, there are not just kids to count, but different animals too, such as squirrels, turtles, pigeons, and cardinals. It’s fun to count to kids, then try to find all the animals too.

3. The playfulness. Each page includes a new friend and a new game to play, from you-square to hide and seek to tag. It’s a lot of fun to talk about each page and the games with Mon Cœur.

4. The inclusiveness. With each new page comes a new friend to play, and throughout the story the kids find ways to include each other in play. It shows how kids can find ways to entertain themselves and also engage with each other when it’s just two or three friends and even when it’s nine or ten.

5. The opportunities for conversation. The simple, concise language and the illustrations of the animals and the kids gives plenty to observe and talk about. I love how on some pages there is a preview of the next game the kids will play, which gives an opportunity for readers to predict what will come next. Mon Cœur surprised me by saying “See-saw” when I asked her what she thought would happen next.

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