The theme of these titles is engagingly combined with a classic animal-book for the very young. In the first book, a toddler gives the first reason for loving her bearded white dad: ""he plays with me."" Other reasons are demonstrated by animals and their young: ""He brings me dinner"" is illustrated with a horned puffin and its chick; a giraffe helps its calf ""reach things,"" etc., until the conclusion, when ""I love my daddy and my daddy loves me"" is illustrated with a different child and her dad. Beginning with a black mommy reading to her son, and depicting different animals, the second book follows the same pattern. Wolff's beautifully designed paintings are precisely rendered and memorably affectionate (especially a kangaroo tucking her joey into her pouch and a sea otter rocking her pup to sleep on a wave). Fortunately, these sturdy pages will survive the many readings they're sure to receive. The animals are unobtrusively captioned.