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Jabari Jumps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jabari Jumps

by Gaia Cornwall
Candlewick Press, 2017

First time author/illustrator Gaia Cornwall captures the pride, the boasting, the fear, the concentration and the joy of Jabari’s first jump from a diving board.  She also captures Jabari’s dad supporting his son with just the right amount of visibility in the background.  A beautiful book on Jabari’s all important day.

After completing his lessons and passing his swim test, Jabari boldly proclaims, “I’m jumping off the diving board today.”  “Looks easy,” he says, watching other kids jump.  But looking up the tall ladder, he has other thoughts.  He allows other kids to go before him, while he thinks “about what kind of special jump” he wants to do.  When they are no kids left, he starts to climb. His dad gives him an out, suggesting he could take a “tiny rest.”  Jabari thinks, “tomorrow might be a better day for jumping.”

A heartwarming story, perfect for new swimmers.

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My Dad at the Zoo

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My Dad at the Zoo
by Coralie Saudo, illustrated by Kris DiGiacomo
Enchanted Lion Books, 2016
Originally published in France.

A hilarious story of what happens when a son and dad switch roles.

Most of the time dad is great, until Sundays.  When he wakes, he wakes everyone and cries to go to the zoo.  He pretends he’s a camel and gallops to the ticket window.  He flirts with flamingos, patters like the penguins and terrorizes the turtles.  And even though his son explains it’s too early, Dad has a meltdown screaming for ice cream.  But the worst is the souvenir shop.  Son holds “Dad’s hand with all my might, trying to keep him from going in. But Dad is still bigger and stronger than me.”

The muted illustrations totally capture Dad’s childlike antics, bringing a chuckle to every page.  Both adult and child readers will enjoy this one.

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When a Dad Says “I Love You”

When a Dad Says “I Love You”
by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2013

Traditional dads say “I Love You” in many ways to their child, without always using those three words.  This book sheds light in a gentle way of some of the many ways some dads—and some moms!—say I love you to their children.

Some dads show their love by making pancakes, some by chasing their kids in the back yard for fun, some by helping their child learn to ride a bike, or taking them to watch a parade.  If a dad, or other family member, doesn’t always use those three magic words, share with them this book and it will help them understand.

This is a wonderfully reassuring book for the child who doesn’t hear the spoken words, “I love you”.