Friday, June 16, 2017

Spotlight Friday - a book to celebrate fathers! 6.16.17

Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!

Father's Day is right around the corner and why not celebrate with a book?

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Fathers
My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads
by Hope Anita Smith
published by Christy Ottaviano Books
Henry Holt and Company

This gorgeous book of rhyming poetry is such a perfect ode of love from a young child to a father.  The majority of poems are written in rhyme, yet the phrasing and length vary from poem to poem.  Featuring a diverse cast of characters in each illustration, this book will be relatable to so many young readers.  I love the torn paper illustrations - unique yet give a feeling of being the same.  I'm also glad to see the book celebrate the father-son AND father-daughter relationship.  Some poems celebrate relationships others an activity, a memory or perhaps a lesson learned.  They all celebrate the bond and love of a father and child.
What I appreciated the most was the dedication.  The author dedicates it to all fathers - recognizing that they may look different from family to family - but the bottom line is it's someone who offers "guidance, love and support".  Beautiful.

Goodreads Summary
Who is your hero? Who's your best friend?
Who says he loves you again and again?

Told through the voice of a child, Anita Hope Smith's My Daddy Rules the World collection of poems celebrates everyday displays of fatherly love, from guitar lessons and wrestling matches to bedtime stories, haircuts in the kitchen, and cuddling in bed. These heartwarming poems, together with bold folk-art-inspired images, capture the strength and beauty of the relationship between father and child.

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