My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen

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My father knows the names of things. . . . And teaches all the names to me.

From each bird that sings, to every kind of cloud, to all of the planets, the father in this story knows the names of them all--and takes the time to impart his knowledge to his child. As they walk together outside, the father points out which mosses are the fuzziest and which insects are the buzziest, which flowers are the tallest and which beetles are the smallest. Jane Yolen's lyrical text is complemented by Stephane Jorisch's soft artwork, a pairing that is touching without being overly sentimental, which makes this the perfect choice for fathers and children to share.

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Jane Yolen has won a number of awards for her body of work in children's literature, including the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the Keene State Award, the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children Award, and the Anna V. Zarrow Award. She has written more than three hundred books for children. Among them are Owl Moon, which won the Caldecott Medal; the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?; Devil’s Arithmetic; and The Scarecrow’s Dance. Jane lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Stephane Jorisch has illustrated a number of picture books, including Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki; I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson; The Real Story of Stone Soup by Ying Chang Compestine; and Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxane Orgill, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
Published April 27, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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“My father knows the names of things, / Each bird that sings, / Their nicknames, too, // He knows the names of dogs / And cheese // And seven words that all mean blue.” In this easy, graceful verse, a child celebrates his father’s expertise.

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