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Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers

Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers

Kelly Bennett
Illustrator:  Paul Meisel 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Candlewick, 2010   ISBN: 978-0763633790

Most of us are lucky to have one father in our lives. The girl in this story has two. She has "Dad,” and “Pop,” and she thinks the world of both of them. Pop is her stepfather and he is very different from Dad. Pop is bald and he is into taking pictures and gardening. Dad is tall and he likes to play with gadgets and go fishing. The little girl and Dad play sports, while she plays board games with Pop. With Pop she swaps stories, and with Dad she swaps jokes.

It seems as if these two fathers have nothing in common, but in fact they do. They both like to cook, and to paint. They both like music and biking. There is also something else that they share that is more important than anything else.

This heartwarming picture book perfectly captures the warm relationships that a little girl shares with the two fathers in her life. It is a tribute to all those fathers out there who love their children, and who also find ways to share their children with others.