My Day with Dad

Holiday House. May 2023. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823452637.
PreS-Gr 1–A young girl spends a fun-filled, special day with her dad in this book ideal for emerging readers. The day begins with Mom, who, like her daughter, has brown skin and dark hair, dropping the child off at Dad’s house. Dad, who has white skin and light brown hair, and daughter soon prepare a delicious breakfast of pancakes, which they cook together with their dog. After the meal is finished and cleaned up, they head outside, only to encounter a rainstorm. They return indoors, where they enjoy games until the weather clears. The rest of the day includes bike riding, kite flying, a macaroni-and-cheese dinner, a goodnight call to Mom, an epic pillow fight, and more fun activities. Cartoon-style illustrations provide visual clues to the accompanying simple text; for instance, on a scene depicting the family cooking breakfast, the text reads, “I mix. Dad flips. Yum! We enjoy every bite.” Each spread contains one-to-three straightforward sentences filled with vocabulary building text, optimal for those learning to read independently.
VERDICT This bright and colorful story is highly relatable for young readers and is a recommended purchase for early reader collections.

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