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My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-25 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0805091890
LANGUAGE:English

" Poetry that shows how important dads are in their children's lives. I especially like the illustrations that are done in collage without any faces. " said.

" Really nice poems showing the sweetness of relationships between father and child. Lovely torn-paper illustrations perfectly complement each poem. " said.

" June 2017 - Poems that work great for reading aloud, showing all different kinds of father/child relationships. Some funny, some heartfelt. Ben was worried that things were ripped in the pictures, since they're torn-paper collage! " said.

" Oh, such a wonderful celebration of dads! The illustrations perfectly depict each poem. The faceless pictures allow readers to imagine themselves as the child and their father as the dad in each poem. Although I love every poem, my favorites are "Some Dads," "Remember This," "My First Book," and "My Daddy." I cried while reading a few of them. I recommend every library: classroom, public, and school to have a copy of this book. " said.

"Just in time for Father's Day but useful all year round, this collection of 15 poems celebrates fathers and all the small acts that make them so important to their children. I'm tempted to say that the poems provide tips for how to be a good father to anyone who is struggling with that as well as offering reasons for the rest of us to give our dads a hug because of the simple things they do and are to us. Since the poet uses the voice of a child to express emotions or to describe these fathers, the sentiments become particularly relevant for young readers. Even the opening poem captures what a child might notice about his/her father: "My daddy is a porcupine / with whiskers that are prickly. //" (unpaged) and then ending with "My daddy is a big brown bear / with arms that hug me tight.//" (unpaged). These are actions and experiences that happen every day--a hug, a wrestling match, a shared meal--and might be disregarded as well as those special moments--dancing, playing catch, giving a guitar lesson, riding a bike, and even providing reassurance that even when the child has done something wrong, his father still loves him. There's even a poem, "Love Letter," that captures the feeling of a child whose father is not close by while serving in the armed forces. I also was pleased to see "My First Book," which shows the importance of the shared experience of reading between a father and his child. Appropriately, the last poem, which inspired the book's title, "My Daddy Rules the World," captures perfectly the respect and admiration of one child who sees his father as a superhero whose presence reassures him: "..I'm not scared of anything-- / my daddy rules the world//" (unpaged). The artist's use of torn paper collages works quite well for the images that accompany each poem. I cannot imagine a youngster reading these poems who won't find something with which to relate or something for which to be grateful while any fathers who read the poems can take pride in the fact that what they do every day matters. "When Daddy Is Sleeping" made me smile since it captures so perfectly how many youngsters react as they watch a parent sleeping and making some very strange sounds.
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" Nice poems about dads. My son was identifying with many of the dads and I felt a variety of dad personality types were reflected in the poems. " said.

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