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Author: Amal Kamal Ali Saleh

Illustrator: Terre Britton

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Publisher: Trafford Publishing, Ltd.,

Material: paperback

Summary: A young boy tells us all of the things his best friend does for him and what they do together. This picture book celebrates the relationship between a father and child.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: By the time we got to page three, our child had figured out who the best friend was, and then s/he was done. S/He sat politely through the rest of the book, but when asked another time, wasn't interested in reading it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is a series of vignettes, in part, celebrating the every-day things that make a parent-child relationship special. We kept hoping there was a little more to the story ... like I can talk to Dad when I have a problem.

Pros: The repetition and rhyming scheme of the book are great for new readers. Sons may enjoy reading this book with their dads.

Cons: Dad "lets" his son wash the car with a candy bar reward? That doesn't sound like friendship.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If you have a new reader in the house, you may find this a good book for practicing vocabulary. If you're looking for a good my-daddy-and-me book, there are stronger titles out there.


Educational Themes: This is a book about a father-son relationship. It is a nice starting point to talk about your own memories or make plans to create new ones.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007

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