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My Father Is Taller Than a Tree
ISBN: 9780142425350
Author: Bruchac, Joseph/ Halperin, Wendy Anderson (ILT)
Publisher: Puffin
Published: March 2013
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: A tribute to the relationship between fathers and their boys profiles 13 diverse father-and-son pairs, offering insight into their cultural backgrounds and the universal qualities of their shared bonds. Reprint.
Additional Information
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 9.25" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
In lumbering rhymes ("Pop shows me how to ride a bike. / I'm too grown-up now for a trike"), Bruchac describes the many pleasures that boys and their fathers can share: raking leaves, walking into town, laughing together. Each spread features multi-paneled, soft-hued illustrations that help narrate the stories of thirteen diverse father-and-son pairs. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 April #3)

This friendly poem celebrates the role fathers play in their sons' lives and the many kinds of families who live in the U.S. Working in crayon, Halperin draws father-son pairs around the country: an Asian father and son in San Francisco, a blind father with his son at a farmer's market, an African-American duo playing hide-and-seek. Smaller panels reveal more details about their lives, while Bruchac's verse runs along the bottom: "He pats my back when I feel sad./ He understands 'cause he's my dad." The softly shaded drawings suggest similarly quiet emotions, and small sons will find comfort on every page. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 March)

PreS-Gr 1—Short, simple rhymes are highlighted by Halperin's wonderfully expressive, soft yet colorful crayon and pencil drawings. Each of the 13 diverse father/son duos is pictured on a spread in a large illustration accompanied by four small ones, showing the two sharing an activity, such as raking leaves, biking, or spending a day in the park. The pictures could stand alone with their gentle, loving depictions, and they are the focal point of this book. The uneven, singsong sentences are simple enough for early readers: "Dad knows the times I like to hide/and when to call me back inside./Pop doesn't need to buy me stuff./Just being with him is enough." Though the rhymes are unexceptional, the illustrations make this book a charming celebration of fathers, dads, pops, papas, and pas.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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