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Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies (Lift-the-Flap, Puffin)

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Harriet Ziefert

PreSchool-K-Parental roles are celebrated in these lift-the-flap books. Cartoon illustrations of multihued parents and children accompany simple statements such as those in the titles. Occasionally, thoughts are continued in text found beneath the flaps. … see full wiki

Author: Harriet Ziefert
Publisher: Puffin
1 review about Daddies Are for Catching Fireflies (Lift-the-Flap,...

Daddy Time

  • Dec 6, 2009
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Pros: Cute story for fathers and their children.

Cons: Flaps can be torn off.

The Bottom Line: This is a good bedtime story for a father and his children.

It is nice to have stories that can be shared between a father and their children.  It allows for special bonding time and a story that is strictly between them.  There are many different stories, some good and some bad, that were written with the father just in mind.  One of these stories is Daddies Are For Catching Fireflies.  This store was written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar and published by Puffin Books.  The book has a soft back and is made up of 15 pages that feature lifting flap to add a little extra pizazz to the story.  This book costs approximately $7.00.

The story begins with the first few pages focusing on the steps that a daddy does when he is getting dressed and ready for the day.  The next item in the book focuses on the playful things a daddy can do with the children and how they have an ability to fix things (most of the time).  The story again focuses on things that a daddy can do to play with their children.  Changing directions somewhat, the story then focuses on the ability of a father to provide answers and comfort to their children.  The story then returns to more fun activities that can be shared and eventually leads to bedtime.  With a title such as, Daddies Are For Catching Fireflies you would expect a page dedicated to this, however there is no mention of this particular activity.  

The illustrations are done in bright colors and have been done in water paints and outlined with some form of a pencil.  Each activity mentioned in the story is provided with a corresponding picture and clearly links with it.  In addition, the pictures of the daddy with their children feature different people in which there are a variety of races.  The children used in the picture do vary between male and females.  There is a flap available on one of the two pages that are showing when the book is open and provide further detail about that particular activity that is being discussed.  All of the flaps have been reinforced by having a 1/4 inch of paper glued to the main page.  

My husband enjoys reading Daddies Are For Catching Fireflies to our daughter and I am not allowed to read this to her myself.  I am happy that they have there own special book that is just for the two of them.  It only takes my husband about 5-10 minutes to read the story therefore it is easier to keep her engaged in the story.  Each page has an average of 10-15 words on it allowing for the story to flow smoothly within her limited span of attention.  The illustrations are clear enough that my husband is able to show her the activity with little explanation and is able to keep it simple.  We have to be watchful when she is looking at the book because she would be able to tear them off is she desired.  The reinforced edges help prevent this but will not be able to stop a determined toddler.

This is a nice book for toddlers especially just prior to bedtime.  The end of the story is about going to sleep and it can act as a transitional aid into the child's bedtime.  This story would also be good for a child learning how to read as the words are very simple and legible.  As there are not many words on each page, it will not be intimidating to the child.  I especially like that the illustrations reference both male and female children so one gender will not feel as though the story was not for them.

I don't understand the title of the book as there is no reference to fireflies in the stories.  I assume that when the author chose this title, it was an extension to the story itself. 


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