Susanna has said she’ll bring the donuts for our Perfect Picture Book Friday. Let’s grab our coffee and have fun. Here is my review:
Written by: Barbara M. Joosse;
Illustrated by: Barbara Lavallee
Chronicle Books LLC; fiction 2005
Theme: African culture, Family and relationships.
Reader resources: “Papa, Do You Love Me” fits in any discussion on family relationships. A discussion on love and family relationships can include asking the kids for a list of ways parents show love without actually saying the words “I love you”.
Suitable for: Preschool through second grade.
From the jacket: “From the creators of the bestselling “Mama, Do You Love Me?” comes a tender story that reassuringly shows that a father’s love is everlasting and unconditional. The universal message is made all the more captivating by its magnificent backdrop. Set in Africa, amidst the Maasai culture, the comforting story introduces young readers to a distinctively different culture and awe-inspiring land, while at the same time reminding us that the special bond between a parent and a child is one that transcends all boundaries of time and place. A must for every child’s library, like its companion title, this book is destined to become a classic.”
Why I love it: From the start the rich illustrations are a powerful corollary to the beautiful text. The child asks all kinds of conditional questions to his Papa, who continually and patiently answers them with total empathy and understanding. The universality of the questions will quell every child’s worry that they themselves can do something to disturb a parent’s love for them. And since it takes place in Africa, it is even more universal for American children. There is a glossary in the back that clarifies difficult words and makes the African culture easier to understand, building the readers appreciation.
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Would you read it? Does this sound like a good choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday?
Related and what you may have missed: (I know, I can’t help myself:) :https://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/perfect-picture-books-friday-e-mergency/ and https://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/picture-book-perfect-fridays-leonardo-the-terrible-monster/ and yes, next week there’ll be another here~ today’s selection. *Yay* The list is growing! You really should click on Susanna’s blog and see how many we’ve got. And all the good resources, too.