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“You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.” More
Summary: It is a long, difficult climb from the tops of Daddy's toes to the tippy-top of Daddy's head. If you don't move up carefully, catastrophe awaits. This is a story that puts into pictures and words how every child envisions the parental jungle gym!
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.1
Age of Child: Started reading with a child when she was 3 years old. This is still a favorite at 7.
Young Reader Reaction: The story only affirmed our preschooler's 'right' to climb on Daddy…and gave her more ideas on how do do it. Needless to say, s/he uses her imagination to bring the story to life.
Adult Reader Reaction: The book lays out exactly how Daddy (or Mommy) feel when a little person wants to be a TALL person. It's a fun read. The story Daddy must be the most pain tolerant, patient man in the world! Mommy fainting at the end is a little over the top.
Pros: The pictures say it all, even without the narration. The story makes tangible the ideas in a preschooler's imagination.
Cons: None, really, but be forewarned that the book could well encourage new ways to play!
Borrow or Buy: Buy. There are few must-have Daddy books, and this is a sweet one. It's a perfect gift from a child to Daddy, too.