DADDY AND I.... by Eloise Greenfield


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The best of four board books by a Coretta Scott King Award team. The small boy who narrates describes a happy day helping Daddy--laundry, cleaning, etc.--varied with a bali game, a book, and an affectionate hug. Poet Greenfield's language is straightforward but graceful; Gilchrist's illustrations are a little clumsy here, but do convey the pair's warmth and sense of purpose. Of the other titles, I Make Music has the strongest text; Big Friend, Little Friend is an adequate concept book; and My Doll, Keshia suggests a parenting role model. None of these is ideal--all are slight and undemanding; still, they meet a real need for simple books about African-Americans.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
Page count: 12pp
Publisher: "Black Butterfly (625 Broadway, New York, NY 10012)"