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Always My Dad: (Reading Rainbow Book) Hardcover – Dec 27 1994

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Product details

  • ISBN-10 : 0679834478
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0679834472
  • Hardcover : 1 pages
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (Dec 27 1994)
  • Item Weight : 454 g
  • Dimensions : 22.86 x 1.27 x 27.94 cm
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?"Sometimes the person I want to see more than anyone in the world is my dad. But I only see my dad once in a while." One summer day, the narrator's mother drops her and her younger brothers off at their paternal grandparents' farm. After they've been there for a spell, daddy comes stepping out of the dark rather mysteriously, lighting his way with a flashlight. The children enjoy his company and share some special times. But then, one afternoon, he tells them he'll be moving on again. This poignant, lyrical story captures the games children play; the anticipation and pleasure of seeing a mostly absent, yet loving parent; and the sad reality of having no control over what adults do, of never knowing what might happen next, and of parting. Regardless of circumstances, somehow it's always clear to this patient, wise-for-her-years girl that her father loves her. The etched watercolor, charcoal, colored-pencil, and lithograph-pencil art has a dreamy, statuesque quality that reflects the feeling of precious and subsequent "...leftover summer days."?Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 5-7. "Sometimes the person I want to see more than anyone in the world is my dad. But I only see my dad once in a while." So begins this poignant story, based on Wyeth's memories of her African American childhood with an often absent father. The story recalls a summer Wyeth and her brother visited their grandparents in the country. One evening while sitting on the porch, they see a flickering light in the darkness. It is their dad come to visit. In joyful prose, Wyeth paints a vivid portrait of a treasured time with Dad--running barefoot, catching lightning bugs, drinking soda at the general store. Even very young children will feel the honesty of the story: the father is not portrayed as a hero, but neither is he shown as a villain. Colon's dramatic illustrations, rendered in warm earth tones, burst with expression and movement that add to the story's magical atmosphere. Lauren Peterson

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