Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers by Kelly Bennett

This little girl has two fathers. Dad and her stepfather, Pop, are quite different. One wears glasses, the other doesn't. One is bald, the other isn't. One rides a bicycle, the other rides a motorcycle. They have different styles of cooking, like different styles of music, and have different ideas of fun. But they have one important thing in common: they both love their daughter very, very much.

This picture book has a simple premise, but Bennett and illustrator Paul Meisel are able to do a lot with the words and images. (The pretty marked differences between the two men made me wonder about the girl's mother, and how she came to be in relationships with two such different men. I have a feeling there's a story there, too.) I haven't seen a lot of books at this age level that have to do with stepfathers or stepfamilies, although I'm sure they are out there. This would be a great book for helping children to see that there are all kinds of families out there, but what families have in common is love.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
My Mom's Wedding by Eve Bunting
Daddy Loves Me! by Marianne Richmond
The Fathers Are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown
Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman
The Family Book by Todd Parr

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