My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads by Hope Anita Smith

My Daddy Rules the World

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads by Hope Anita Smith; illustrated by Hope Anita Smith. 2017. Torn paper. Published by Henry Holt and Company.

Brief summary: Fifteen poems with full-page illustrations all in the voice and viewpoint of the son or daughter.

Comments: Illustrations are created with torn paper. The faces are without features. I liked all of the different roles that a father had in this book. Students and children will be able to relate to the subject matter. Multicultural.

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Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON'T! by Elise Parsely

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Yuyi Morales. 2016. Digitally printed.

Brief summary: Thunder Boy Jr. did not want to be called Little Thunder, since his father was called Big Thunder. He wanted his own name. After examining all the possibilities, his father surprises him by saying it is time to give his son a name of his own.

Comments: Great father and son relationship.

My Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo

My Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo

My Dad at the Zoo  by Coralie Saudo; illustrated by Kris Digiacomo2016. Charcoal lines and mix mediums(could not find a translation that was more specific)

Brief Summary: On Sunday, the son goes to the zoo with his father in one humorous role reversal situation after another.

Comment: French translation. Same author as My Dad is Big and Strong, But… The art work and words go perfectly together.  My students thought the father and son role reversal was great in My Dad is Big and Strong, But..., so I can’t wait to share this book with them.  I would use this in a point of views of characters ELA lesson for my second graders.  The translations in these stories do not get lost.