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Jun 01 2018

Dad by my side by Soosh

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Hachette Australia, 2018. ISBN 9780734418739
(Age: 7+) Recommended. How many things do dads do for their children? What games do they play? What stories do they read? How do they make you smile when you are sad? Do you make your dad smile? In the story Dad By My Side, the illustrator/author uses gorgeous illustrations and simple descriptions to show just what dads do for their children. The dad in this story puts on puppet shows, comforts his daughter, calls when he is away, plays games and gives cuddles. The daughter in this story helps her dad, comforts him and cooks with him. In each illustration, the father seems as big as a mountain, just the way all children see their father. He is tender, caring, fun and thoughtful.
Dad By My Side is a beautiful depiction of fathers and what we do not always see them doing. This book cracks the stereotype of fathers and what we think they do. It will make a great gift for Father's Day (children can add a personal message) and is best read out loud. The beautiful illustrations will create discussions, making it good for the History curriculum in junior primary classes. The vocabulary is appropriate for readers aged 7+ and is recommended for readers of all ages (whether it is read to students, read independently or read before bed).
Kylie Kempster

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