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ALL TOGETHER AGAIN: MESSAGES TO MY DAD

Author: Dayna Kay Rivers

Illustrator: Karen L. Gabriel

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Publisher: Knife in the Toaster Publishing Company, 2004

Material: paperback

Summary: This "Care Package from the Heart" uses simple verse helps a child reflect on and express the love s/he shares with their dad. With this set of illustrated postcards, a child can not only remember dad, but send him a note.

Type of Reading: anytime reading

Recommended Age: all ages

Age of Child: Read with child 2½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked playing with the cards and reading the prayers and "squeezing my eyes real tight."

Adult Reader Reaction: Because the Dad in our house travels for business, these are handy to have when our toddler asks where he is. S/He is really too young to understand all that the postcards offer, but they are wonderful and s/he can still remember "my Daddy."

Pros: This set of cards offers a wonderful way for kids to "talk" with Dad by sending him notes. It's also a great for helping kids understand and express their feelings for temporary separations, such as travel.

Cons: The book disappears when you've written the postcards.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! In fact, buy two, because you'll want to keep a set at home, even when your child writes notes with the other ones.

If You Liked This Book, Try: IF YOU LISTEN   I LOVE MY DADDY BECAUSE ...   YOU ARE MY I LOVE YOU

Educational Themes: The cards offer wonderful, inviting ways to open a dialogue with a child about his/her feelings and fears when dad is away.

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Literary Categories: Fiction - poetry, family

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2004

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