That's Papa's Way

by Kate Banks and Lauren Castillo

A day spent fishing on the lake underscores a few of the things a father and daughter... read more

A day spent fishing on the lake underscores a few of the things a father and daughter do differently (he catches worms by hand, she uses a shovel) and the same (hugging one another at the end of the day), chronicling a relationship defined by ease and underscored by love. The occasional refrain “That’s Papa’s way” makes it clear this is not the first time the two have shared a day like this. The young narrator describes their day through a finely paced narrative full of understated yet observant details. “Papa holds the boat while I tumble in… I look down at the water. It’s rippling now like ribbon candy.” The illustrations, featuring an appealingly scruffy dad and bright-eyed girl, are a bit uneven, but they don’t detract from the charm of the quietly winning story. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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