Dad and Pop

Book review by
Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Celebrates a girl's relationship with her dad and stepdad.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

This book offers a simple, but important, lesson: there is more than one way to do almost anything, from the haircut you choose to the music you play, and each can be enjoyable in its own way.

Positive Messages

This book celebrates dads. It shows that having two of them, as in a blended family, can mean having double the fun, adventure, and love. This dad and stepdad are both important in their daughter's life. Otherwise they are very different people, and that enriches the whole family experience for everyone.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both the dad and the stepfather are the kind of fathers any kid would be lucky to have. They are kind, interested in many things, and enjoy sharing their world with their daughter.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this book is particularly pointed toward blended families and celebrates the loving
relationship between a little girl and her two dads, it teaches the even broader lesson about the importance of love and compassion within the family.  Kids who are not in blended families may not get the part about the two dads, but they will get that part, and that is what is important here. 

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What's the story?

A little girl shows how her father and stepfather (one called Dad, the other Pop) are very different from one another, not only in how they look and act but in what they do when they are together with her. However, the two dads are very much the same in one thing...and that is just how much they both love her.

Is it any good?

The message is
positive, inclusive, and inspirational though this blended family
situation is a bit simpler than most. Except for one wedding photo, the
mother only appears incidentally as she peeks out of the tent, and the
girl has no other siblings to complicate things.The tone and basic message of this story should be an inspiration to blended families, especially to the dads. In every scene, the little girl (and one of her fathers) seem happy as they swim, fish, work in the yard, paint and so on. They are doing things differently, but the joy is the same. Life is pretty uncomplicated; this is just about the little girl and her dads. 

The story doesn't address any of the other issues that might make blending families difficult, but it does teach that blending can work if love and caring are the bottom line.  The illustrations are soft and pleasant, and they do an excellent job of bringing out that essential point.

Cute, simple illustrations are done in watercolors, acrylic, and pastels that nearly burst with the joy of a father and daughter enjoying life together. Dad's pictures fill the page, while Pop's are bordered with a bit of white space...just another little touch to drive home the point of the book. Short phrases in strong black lettering deliver the story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about blended families.The little girl starts off by saying that she has "two fathers." What does she mean? Find all the ways the dads are different, and then ways they are the same. How does the little girl feel about her two fathers? How can you tell?

  • The little girl calls one of her fathers Dad, and the other Pop.  What do you call your father, or fathers if you have more than one? What are your favorite things to do together?

Book details

For kids who love their dads

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