Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to Be
Rhyme and wordplay make an upbeat, colorful family read.
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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to Be is the first children's book by actor, rapper, and philanthropist Chris Bridges (also known as Ludacris). He's the creator of Karma's World, the show on which the book is based. The book is full of fun wordplay, from daddy-daughter rhymes like "Me and Daddy, we do everything together / Hangin' with my daughter makes everything better!" to a full-page spread of fun sound words like "Honk" and "QUACK" and "Pfft-a" that brings musicality to the story. Bold colors and various fonts and text sizes create a visually fun reading experience. The book highlights loving Black families, honoring Black fathers and confident Black girls.
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What's the Story?
In DADDY AND ME AND THE RHYME TO BE, 7-year-old Karma is determined to write the perfect rap for Daddy's birthday. She thinks it shouldn't be too hard -- after all, they always make music together. But when she struggles to create the perfect rhymes on her own, she becomes discouraged, doubting herself and questioning whether she should continue. When she leans on her support system and decides to keep it real, she learns that she can proudly persevere through anything with the help of her dad.
Is It Any Good?
The special daddy-daughter bond cannot be denied in this charming picture book. Vivid and vibrant, Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to Be delivers on fun wordplay, adorable illustrations, endearing characters, and positive diverse representations, making it a fine addition to the Karma's World brand.
There's much for families to discuss, from language arts to character building. Young readers will relate to Karma's confidence and struggles while having fun with the whimsical rhymes. Grown-ups will laugh alongside their young readers and will love that there's so much for kids to learn in the colorful pages.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about perseverance in Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to Be. Why did Karma want to give up on writing her song for Daddy? Why did she decide to keep working on the song? How did she feel in the end?
What's special about the relationship between Karma and Daddy? How do they have fun together? Who do you have fun with?
Onomatopoeia is when a word describes a sound, like boom. Find examples of onomatopoeia in Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to Be. What sound or object does each word represent? How does onomatopoeia make the book fun to read?
Find rhyming words in Daddy and Me and the Rhyme to Be. For each rhyming pair, create a list of more words that also rhyme.
- Authors: Chris Bridges, Halcyon Person
- Illustrator: Parker-Nia Gordon
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Character Strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
- Publication date: June 7, 2022
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Hardback, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: June 17, 2022
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