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Volume VII Number 13 . . . . March 2, 2001
My daddy stays at home.This is a great book on a valuable topic for discussion with children. This author/illustrator team does a marvelous job of covering all the bases. A wide variety of ethnic characters are used, and all kinds of jobs are covered. I loved the way they included the different ways people get to work Lots of mommies, daddies and children will be able to relate to the families shown in this story. "But there is always time for me!" is a terrific refrain that is repeated throughout. Deirdre Betteridge does a wonderful job with these bright colourful illustrations. Look for the cat in each two-page spread. I'm looking forward to using this book in my "family" themed preschool storytime. I'll definitely be buying a copy for my brother-in-law who is a stay-at-home dad. This is a must purchase for every public library.
Catherine Hoyt is the Curator of the Eileen Wallace Children's Literature Collection at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
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