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Mighty Dads

Mighty Dads

Spring 2014 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: James Dean
Manufacturer: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0545609685
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Daddy construction trucks of all varieties teach their truck offspring how to build bridges, buildings, and roads—and, of course, how to make the relevant truck noises and motions for each task. This simple rhyming book will be a favorite with young truck lovers; each two-page spread features a different parent-and-child truck pair, illustrated in clean lines and bold colors by the creator of the popular Pete the Cat series. Each rhyme ends with a repeated action or sound word in big letters, so that young readers can easily follow along and join in. There are, unfortunately, no mommy trucks or grandparent trucks, but the baby trucks are not specifically identified as male or female, so that all young truck lovers are potentially invited to imagine themselves in the story. Truck-crazy children and their parents will get much pleasure, and many, many readings, out of Mighty Dads.

Naomi Lesley   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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