Friday, January 20, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Fridays: What Daddies Do Best

Today, I've chosen another Laura Numeroff book for Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

What Daddies Do Best
Written by Laura Numeroff
Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998
Enzo has the First Simon & Schuster miniature edition, 2001

Suitable for:  Ages 1 and up — I also think this story makes a nice gift for new fathers or soon-to-be fathers.

Theme/Topic: parents, growing up

Opening: Daddies can teach you
how to ride a bicycle,
make a snowman with you,
and bake a delicious cake for your birthday.


Brief Synopsis: Illustrations and brief text describe all the things that daddies do for their children, most importantly giving lots of love. —From the book's summary.
Link to Resources: This site shares a list of books about families, including What Daddies Do Best. Activities include making a family shield, tree and puppets. This link has a number of activities. I learned at Laura Numeroff's site this book is part of a series. She has one for mommies, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas.

When Enzo and I read this, we add lines to the story about specific things Enzo's Daddy does for him.

Why I chose this book: It's one of the first books I read to Enzo. It's an easy read for a young child. I counted 111 words. Plus, Hubby (that's Enzo's dad) did another fun "What Daddies Do Best" activity this week. He helped Mommy. He took care of Enzo's night time routine one day, so I could attend a panel discussion on self-publishing. Hubby rocks!

To find more picture books and resources, visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog and look for the Perfect Picture Books page.

I wake up on Friday's ready to read all the PPBF posts. Then, the day catches up with me and I find myself reading them on Saturday morning. It's fun to be introduced to new books any day of the week!

41 comments:

  1. That looks neat Stacy. Did you extend it so it's regular? I'll definitely going to try that. :)

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    1. We just add examples until Enzo indicates it's time to move on.

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  2. 111 words is sparse, which makes it great for the very young. This Daddy Fox looks and sounds special! Great choice for the littlies, Stacey!

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    1. The illustrations are very nice. All the animal dads add lots of character to the story.

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  3. This sounds like a great and very sweet book! I can think of a bunch things my Dad does great especially with me. :) Erik

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  4. I love that you add lines to personalize--that's great!!
    Hope you have a great weekend Stacy!

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    1. Hope you had a great weekend too Coleen.

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  5. Such a wonderful cover too! If you ever see books that use the word 'Papa' instead of Daddy I'd love to know. My son-in-law prefers that & we've found one, but there aren't many out there. It's Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me, by Eric Carle. Thanks for sharing this sweet book.

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    1. I'll keep that in mind Linda. My son began saying Papa after we watched the documentary "Babies." We heard one of the other babies say it and I asked him if he could say it. He did.

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  6. Awww, this looks so sweet. My husband does absolutely everything for our sons...they are very lucky little boys. Might have to pick this up for him for Father's Day!

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  7. I think all mommies and daddies and grandmothers and grandfathers should subscribe. I like Perfect Picture Book Fridays!

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  8. I love Laura's books. I also love when books have activities in them. Thanks for the review Stacy.

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    1. Our version of the book doesn't include any activities, but we've made a few up the more we've read it.

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  9. I love Laura's books and Lynn's illustrations, and it's always nice to have a book that celebrates parents (we often feel so under-appreciated :)) Thanks for sharing this book - maybe a good choice for Father's Day too :)

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    1. The illustrations are very nice in this one. And, yes, totally Father's Day appropriate.

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  10. GREAT choice--we own her other books, but his one looks good too!

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  11. Oh my goodness, could that cover be any cuter? I hadn't heard of this book of hers. Wow! Will definitely check it out.

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  12. What a sweet Enzo book! A great choice to show how daddies play cuch an important role in a child's life. What a beautiful cover.

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  13. That sounds like a good Daddy and son book. I love picture books!

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  14. We own this one! :) Great pick, Stacy.

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    1. It's a fun one to have in the little ones library.

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  15. Oh this sounds like an adorable book. And look at that sweet cover! I will look for this at the library next time. Thanks!

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  16. The cover made me melt completely. And I am SO glad that the things Daddies do includes baking cakes -- I love books that overturn stereotypes, even in small ways.

    I can see why Enzo would love this book -- your additions to it are such a good idea, as well.

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  17. Man, that word count is awesome, I tell you. It's so precious. That cover is the sweetest cover I have seen in a while. Stacy, what a great choice. I love adding lines to the story, especially a story about Daddy. :-) I heart you.

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    1. I know. Don't you love a book with a tight word count that really tells a fun story.

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  18. This looks great! Children have such a special relationship with their dads. I love that you add what hubby does for Enzo. Very cool. I too, end up catching up on Saturdays and I also love all the titles and reviews. Making a list to take with me to the library on Monday!

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  19. Thanks for the recommnedation! My boys have a great Daddy, and I think they would love this book. Also, I like your suggestion of adding lines specifically to what their Daddy does best!

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  20. Hi Stacy,

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I love the book about daddies, pretty cool! I see you are from Colorado Springs. I live in Littleton around one hour from Colorado Springs. Thanks for stopping by.

    Nicole Weaver
    Trilingual Children's Author
    http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com
    http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com

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    1. I've visited Littleton. We have friends there. Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Lovely book Erik, great choice, and I loved your input about what you do with your Dad.

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  22. This sounds like a cute book. I've never heard of it, but I enjoy Numeroff's books.

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  23. I appreciate everyone stopping by. I've stayed busy this weekend commenting and writing my first 12x12 in 2012 draft.

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  24. Hi, Stacy. I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog this morning during Comment Challenge. I must say when we used to read to our grandson (he's 17 now and doesn't much want us to read to him), we used to add stuff to the stories as we went along as well---mostly because he would ask questions about why some certain thing happened.

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  25. Aw, it sounds like a great book!

    Thanks for following my blog. :)

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  26. I really like the sound of this one and I love the cover illustration.

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  27. I love Laura Numeroff books! We have this series in the library. Good choice, and I agree, a nice gift for fathers or fathers-to-be.

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  28. Stacy, my hat is off to you if you can finish reading all of the PPBF selections by Saturday. Here it is Monday and I am still reading and commenting. :( Maybe I will get faster with time. :)

    Love your selection...such a sweet book and perfect for little ones AND their fathers.

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