WON’T PAPA BE SURPRISED! by Terri Cohlene

WON’T PAPA BE SURPRISED!

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mikele and her Papa share a special Sunday together eating oatmeal, gardening, fixing the front step, hanging a fish-like windsock, washing the car, and finally enjoying a honey cake and tea break while they exchange presents for Father’s Day. Ribbons of all kinds are Mikele’s fancy as her eagerness and excitement build throughout the morning, imagining ribbons in all the tasks they accomplish, patiently waiting for the right moment to give Papa his gift. The sun’s reflection appears at breakfast on the kitchen wall and Mikele sees “sunshine ribbons.” In the garden she makes a “flowery ribbon” from the purple clover, the windsock delights her with its “flippety ribbons,” and the steam from the teakettle flows like “twirly ribbons.” When the anticipated moment arrives, Mikele proudly gives her purple ribbon “My Papa” badge for her Father’s Day gift and receives a surprise in return. Satin ribbons in her favorite colors of lavender, pink, and periwinkle are from her father, who lovingly and gratefully explains that he could not be a papa without Mikele. Soft, dreamy pastels in muted tones of peach and purple for indoor scenes contrasted with pale greens and aqua blues for outdoor views perfectly complement the gentle and reassuring theme of mutual love and respect between a father and daughter. Ribbon imagery is woven well throughout illustrations and text, making this Father’s Day story a favorite any day of the year. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-688-13093-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2003




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