And I was so happy when I did!
If you're wondering why I didn't hold this review for Father's Day, I know, it isn't a new release, so I wasn't rushing it for that. It's simply that we don't do Perfect Picture Book reviews in the summer. And this book deserves some reader love. Put this one on your list.
Title: Dad and Pop
Author: Kelly Bennett
Illustrator: Paul Meisel
Publisher: Candlewick, 2010
Intended Audience: 4-7
Themes: Step parents, family
Opening: "I have two fathers.
I call this one Dad,
and this one Pop.
Synopsis: A girl describes how her two fathers are different. The reader learns that the girl's parents have divorced and remarried in the second set of spreads where she is a baby in a picture with Dad and a young girl standing next to a woman in a wedding dress with Pop. There is no judgmental approach in how the two fathers are different-just the facts. And they're alike in more than one important way.
|Dad likes to fish. Pop is a fish.
Activities and Resources: Ms. Bennet's author page has an activity pack to download with mazes and more fun. She also reads the book on her website (the author link above takes you to the page).
When I check online, everyone from Dr. Phil to WebMD has weighed in on the subject of step parenting. I don't have the expert qualifications to tell which advice carries weight and which does not. I did find it interesting that the Kids Health site has a tab for information on the topic for parents AND a tab for kids to click on that brings up links like "living with step parents" and "what to do if my family fights."
Read Dad and Pop and compare it to a book Julie Rowan-Zoch reviewed a few week's back: Mary Ann Hoberman's All Kinds of Families.
This review is part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. Along with tons of writing wisdom, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF