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DADDY’S SONG by Lesléa Newman


by Lesléa Newman & illustrated by Karen Ritz

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8050-6975-4
Publisher: Henry Holt

Daddy strums his guitar as he sees his little girl off to sleep by singing her a unique song. Fanciful and lit with whimsy, it begins, “If ice cream cones fall from the sky, / And cats grow wings and start to fly,” and soars from there. Joyful, brimming pictures are evocative and intimate. Each illustration shows the creatures in bright, dreamscape colors and doing perfectly impossible things while the little girl, always in her soft pajamas, plays along. In this evocative tune, frogs go shopping and dogs play checkers; there are elephants riding carousels and kangaroos baking birthday cakes. Some animals are inspired by the child’s room, while others seem to be pulled from thin air. This lullaby paints the world as just this side of ordinary. It offers a wonderful view into cherished times between father and daughter as he promises, “Your daddy’s here, and he loves you.” Capturing a heartwarming moment as tuck-in time becomes a cozy, loving ritual. (Picture book. 2-5)