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My Father Knows the Names of Things

by Jane Yolen

Other authors: Stephane Jorisch (Illustrator)

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This was a very sweet story about a little boy telling the reader that his dad knows just about everything and he tells us this through simply rhymes. He know the names of fish, dogs, cheese and he knows all the human bones, as well as which mosses are the fuzziest or which insect is the buzziest. On each page the pictures show the father and son bonding together and learning together. Growing up, I thought my father knew everything and I loved to ask him questions. I loved how the pictures were over exaggerated and the insects where large with big smiles on their faces or when the son was asking about dogs there were a bunch of dogs on the page of all different shapes and sizes. I feel like the main idea of this story is that no matter what you can ask your father questions about anything. Near the end of the story the reader can see that the boy is getting tired because his father is carrying him, the story ends with the father putting his son to bed and the son stating 'he points out everything we see and teachers all the names to me.' It shows the love between a father and son ( )
  Kbenis1 | Dec 7, 2013 |
Child/father relationship where father teaches child about the natural world through many experiences.

Ages: 4-7
Source: Pierce County Library, UP Branch.
  karenburns | Mar 16, 2013 |
PreK-Grade 2. This poetic tribute to dads walks through some of the awe-inspiring things the narrator's father knows. Among other things, he knows "which mosses are the fuzziest, " "which insects are the buzziest," and "a dozen other words for night." The simple lines of Yolen's poetry gain life and layers from Jorisch's playful watercolors, which offer plenty at which to marvel. In page after page of motion and discovery, this book of verse lifts up the power of fathers to impress, educate, and amaze. Recommded. ( )
  LeafingLight | Sep 22, 2012 |
The boy in this book has the best father. He knows the names of things, from dogs and planets, clouds and cats, to seven words that all mean blue and which dinosaurs are the meanest. And as father and son explore the world, “He points out everything we see / And teaches all the names to me.”

The text in this book is short and sweet, with just a hint of rhyming to keep things rolling. Yolen has chosen her words with care, so that there’s not syllable out of place. The illustrations, done in ink and watercolor, follow the boy and his father all over the world, from snorkeling under the sea to flying through the clouds in an airplane. The imaginative illustrations show the wonder of discovering and exploring the world.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-140-my-father-knows-names-of.ht...
  amy-picturebookaday | May 20, 2012 |
The theme of this book is the role of a father in his son's life.This book is about a boy who adores his father and believes that his father knows everything. He says everything they see his father points them out and knows a lot about them. It is very important for the young children to have a role model. This book shows that a boy's role model could be his dad and that if he asks him a lot of questions his dad would know the answers.
  lalenaz | Feb 2, 2011 |
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Rhyming text depicts a father sharing with his child such things as seven words that all mean blue and the name of every kind of cloud.

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