April 12, 2011
My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen
illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
(Simon and Schuster)
My Father Knows the Names of Things is a lyrical, light-hearted book about a boy and his amazing father who loves birds and bugs and cheese and clouds and moss and dogs and . . . well, you get the idea.
Dedicated to and inspired by the author’s husband, this book is perfect for any child, boy or girl, who loves to spend time with Dad and learn what Dad knows. Because this Dad who knows so many things is not an annoying adult know-it-all, he is an enthusiastic gatherer of knowledge who approaches it all with a contagious excitement.
Still, this is a gentle, cuddle-close book that would be perfect for bed time or any other time that calls for sharing a loving story. Yolen’s text rhymes masterfully, making the book an enjoyable read-aloud.
Jorisch’s illustrations compliment the text masterfully, with water color to create bright, joyous color and pen to give the detail which all these many passions require.
Give this book as a gift on Father’s Day or to Dad at a Baby Shower. Or bring it home for the young reader who already enjoys Daddy Time — in our home we call it “Boy Time.”
Either way, this is a celebration of closeness, passion and love.