Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  In honour of this special day, I have chosen a new book, Mighty Dads by Joan Holub with illustrations by James Dean.  

This picture book is set in a construction site.  All the machines have brought their offspring and teach them how the job is done.  On the opening page the text reads, “Mighty Dads, strong and tall, help their children, young and small”.  In each illustration the young one is tagging along, lending a hand.  The big dad machines show their children how to build, tear down when necessary, be strong, reach out, get dirty, smooth, help out, and stay safe. In the end, all machines go to sleep and the “Mighty dads say, “I’m proud of you! Tomorrow let’s build something new!”  The little machines love their dads.

This is a loving book about the role of dads.  The understated sentimentality of this book is perfect for those who prefer to express their feeling through actions rather than words.

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