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A Day With My Dad: 12/14/08
Author Lance Waite wanted a way to express the special bond he has as a father to his two daughters. A Day With My Dad follows a father and daughter as they spend a day in hiking in the foothills near their town.
The hardcover is twenty-four pages long and told in rhyme. The text doesn't always break where the rhymes fall so it takes a little while to fall into the correct rhythm. That's a small quibble with an otherwise delightful book.
Since the book is about a little girl going on an adventure, I read the book out loud to my daughter. She enjoyed the story and was completely taken in by the illustrations (done by Manuela Pentangelo) She quickly fell into a game of pointing out the little girl and the daddy. She also liked the picnic, the deer, the hiding in the leaves and seeing the stars come out near the end of the book.
The book is just the right length to keep young children interested but easy enough for slightly older children to read themselves. For a parent reading the book out loud, the book is visually interesting. Be prepared to pause for the kids to talk about all the details in the pictures.
An added bonus to the book for me as an ex-San Diegan, Lance Waite is a San Diegan and the book is published locally in Encinitas. The book itself isn't especially San Diego, going in stead for a midwest feel. I suspect that the sequel A Day With My Dad at the Beach will feel more like San Diego.