by Douglas Wood
Illustated by Jennifer A. Bell
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Available April 16, 2013
Charming, inspiring, and sweet, this beautiful homage to fathers and their little ones is sure to become a well-loved bedtime, or anytime, story. Animal fathers are depicted with their sons and daughters; giraffes, koala bears, mice, turtles, brown bears, lions, elephants, frogs and several other animals are thoughtfully illustrated showing their love as fathers.
Fathers show their love in many ways and not just by voicing it aloud, "in the plain old ordinary way." Dads show their love by making pancakes for breakfast, or calling you by a silly yet loving nickname. They show their love by singing your favorite song, over and over and over and over....Dads show their love by sharing their knowledge and their past, by helping you with your homework, by taking you stargazing, and by picking you up and carrying you to your bed, and by saying, "I love you/ In the plain old ordinary way."
This little treasure shows a real love story of a father's love and care for his child. The father animal in each illustration is smiling and looks concerned and caring. The child animal is happy and smiling. Young readers will love this book and likely ask their dads to read it again and again and again!
When a Dad Says "I Love You" would make a great Father's Day gift for a new father or a soon-to-be father.
Highly, highly recommended for young readers age 3-up and any father.
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