Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.
Just Like Daddy by Cecilia Johansson
Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Animals! Tactile experience! Repetitive text! What more can you really want from a toddler’s board book?
Actually, Daniel is sort of over the tactile portion of this book, although younger children (he’s almost 19 months) may still enjoy it. Each page has an animal and his or her daddy, and some part of each animal’s fur is actually sort of soft and fuzzy. My favorite part about this book is that it goes into descriptors of each animal. For example, the giraffe: “feel the patterns on my skin, I stretch up high, I’m tall and thin.” Daniel’s favorite part, though, is the predictive text. At the end of each animal’s page, the text ends with “just like Daddy.” Here’s how it goes in my house:
Me: “…just like…”
So fun! We love books where Daniel can participate in the ‘reading.’
As an indication of just how much he likes this book, Daniel actually stole “Just Like Daddy” from me while I was writing this, and flipped through it for at least 5 minutes saying, among other things “where’d daddy go?” and “tada daddy!”
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