Tad and Dad

Tad and Dad

Book - 2015
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Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein's expressive tale about familial love is full of funny, tender family dynamics that will evoke nods of recognition and lots of laughs. Tad the tadpole loves spending every minute with his awesome dad, whether they're swimming together, catching flies, or sleeping. But now little Tad is getting bigger. He's growing new limbs and jumping to new heights. His dad is proud, but when Tad's accomplishments carry over into nighttime - bringing lots of wiggling, croaking, and kicking in his sleep - their lily pad starts feeling mighty crowded! When Tad finally realizes it might be time for a bed of his own, will Dad be ready?
Publisher: New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9780399256714
Branch Call Number: Z STE
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.

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pamela2016
Jul 12, 2016

My 6 year old son loved reading this book with me. Especially because my son *always" wants to snuggle in our bed, it's a fun story that will be read over and over again.

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mmcbeth29
May 03, 2016

SUMMARY: "Tad the tadpole loves spending every minute with his awesome dad, whether they’re swimming together or catching flies." During the day, Dad encourages Tad's new skills, but at night, Tad clings a little bit to Dad and insists on sleeping on his lily pad. This makes for a rather sleepless night for Dad. Tad grows bigger and bigger until he is too big to share the lily pad. When Dad tells Tad about his many sleepless nights, Tad finds his own lily pad to sleep on. But now Dad has a sleepless night of a different sort.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created from marker, crayon and watercolor. I found them to be fairly dark and muddy making the details difficult to see--especially for the young target age group. The picture you see on the front of the book is nice and simply illustrated. I would have truly enjoyed the book if more pages were done in this style. The humor and expressiveness of the illustrations were enjoyable.

THE GOOD: This starts out as a cute book about a tadpole who adores his Dad. He loves following his dad's example and growing more and more like Dad each day. The book also shows how much Dad loves Tad. I loved how Dad encouraged Tad with each new thing he learned.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The book was a great story until the last few pages when Dad became negative. "'Why do you want to sleep on my bed?' said Dad. 'Are you trying to drive me bananas?'" Then Tad swims far away from Dad and Dad has peace at last. This whole part of the book could have been handled with less anger and more understanding. I also could not enjoy the illustrations as explained above.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Recommended for ages 3-5. I think ages 3-6 would be appropriate.

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