Daddies Do

illus. by Elisa Ferro. 32p. Sterling. May 2018. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781454921714.
PreS-Gr 1—A list of the loving activities and small things that daddies do best with their children. With a digital representation of gouache, colored pencil, and ink, the cartoon images of animal families fill each spread. In the course of their daily activities, the anthropomorphized dads make their children feel good as they build self-esteem with encouragement, provide opportunities for independence, or simply give the support of their presence while their little ones explore their world. Mouse dads help their small sons feel big, bird dads "offer courage" to fly, panda dads lift their children to the highest branch of the tree, anteaters enjoy a sweet snack (ants included), penguins build forts and glide down an icy slide, bears fish (although these ones use poles) in a stream, birds "swoop" and their "blues fly away," and—in a nod to children's literature—monkeys jump on the beds. Ending with bedtime stories and lots of loving "bear" hugs, this book is a comforting choice for young readers in school or home libraries.
VERDICT With a catchy rhyme and a repeated refrain, this title is a solid choice for Father's Day or anytime sharing.

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