Sunday, December 24, 2017

My Dad Loves Me this Much by Joe Fitzpatrick- ESSENTIAL

Fitzpatrick, Joe My Dad Loves Me This Much. Illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald. PICTURE BOOK. Flowerpot Children’s Press, 2017.  $16.99.

This adorable monster book tenderly explains just how much a father and daughter love each other.  Most of the daughter’s friends express their love of people or things by throwing out their arms open wide and saying they love something THIS MUCH!  But the monster daughter corrects them and shows her hands palms up, crisscrossed and says, “I don’t know… It sounds like you love them THIS much!” The friends are confused, laugh and then run away.  The monster daughter is frustrated because no one stays long enough for her to explain.  It isn’t until her day is over and her dad returns home that the crisscrossed hands are explained.

There won’t be a reader who doesn’t immediately realize that crisscrossed hands express love much more than outstretched arms.  This could become a new and unique way parents express their love to their children and to each other.

PRE-K.  EL (K-3). ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: SL. 

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