Daddy Long Legs by Nadine Brun-CosmeDaddy Long Legs by Nadine Brun-Cosme

Daddy Long Legs

byNadine Brun-CosmeIllustratorAurélie Guillerey

Picture Books | May 2, 2017

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Daddy drives Matthew to kindergarten in his old green car. ?See you this afternoon,? says Daddy, as he kisses him goodbye. But Matthew stops him from leaving and asks, ?What if, this afternoon, the old green car doesn't start?? Thus begins a series of what-ifs that Matthew poses in response to every one of Daddy's ideas about how he will manage to return and fetch him, each one more fantastic than the last: he'll come by tractor, by teddy bear, by the wings of birds, by a tiny boat, even by dragon! Finally, Daddy says he'll use his own two long legs, the ultimate reassurance that he'll come back for Matthew, no matter what!

Author Nadine Brun-Cosme's endearing picture book offers warm comfort to young children that their parent can always be counted on. With gentle and imaginative humor, the father's increasingly wilder ideas about how he will make his way to his son prove the steady and unwavering certainty of a parent's commitment to a child. The whimsical artwork by Aurélie Guillerey plays lightly with the father's flights of fancy, keeping the tone of the book just right for a storytime read-aloud. Filled with the love between the boy and his father, this is a perfect book choice to address separation issues common to kindergartners and preschoolers who have difficulty saying goodbye to their parents.
Title:Daddy Long LegsFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:26 pages, 10.75 × 9 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:10.75 × 9 × 0.5 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771383623

ISBN - 13:9781771383622

Appropriate for ages: 2


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dads can have imaginations too I love the look of this retro style book. When Matthew sees Daddy having trouble starting his old green car he worries about how he will be able to pick him up from school. With a wondrous imagination Dad describes all the fantastical ways he can get him home.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book about anxiety separation... This delightful little book gives reassurance and a "beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt promise", that Daddy will always come back and will always be there no matter what. Daddy's old car sputters and groans as it is fired up for the daily kindergarten drop-off. It's not sounding too healthy, it sounds like it has the hiccups. Finally the motor begins to purr more evenly, his little guy Matthew is buckled snuggly inside, and they are off to school for drop off time. When Daddy kisses his little son goodbye anxiety sets in. Matthew needs to be consoled and asks what will happen if the car doesn't start again? "What if, this afternoon, the old green car doesn't start? Daddy hesitates. "If the car doesn't start..." Daddy then proceeds to tell his beloved little worrywart that he will: fetch him in the neighbour's big red tractor, or arrive in the paws of Martin, the lazy teddy bear that sleeps under Matthew's covers, or go and find all the birds in the trees and they will airlift him by the arms and fly him to school for that coveted pickup, or he will call on the big green dragon who blows into the heater all winter and with two flaps of his wings and three big leaps Daddy will be there to gather Matthew up and bring him safely home, just to name a few. No matter what it takes Daddy lovingly tells his little man that he WILL be there... guaranteed! I love this charming story. Having taught kindergarten I know the fears that lurk inside little ones' minds. What a perfect story to arrest those wiggly doubts and make it very, very clear, in words and pictures that kids can fully understand, that no matter what it takes... Daddy (or Mommy, or special Caregiver) IS coming back. The book encourages kids to put those concerns aside, step confidently into their day, and concentrate on being happy. Everything is going to turn out okay and that's a promise... pinky swear!
Date published: 2016-12-02

Editorial Reviews

A sweet French import about an imaginative dad cleverly pacifying his son's worries. A worthy addition for most libraries.-School Library Journal