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Because Your Daddy Loves You

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
A day spent with a young child at the beach is filled with many minor dramas—a lost shoe, a ball that floats too far out into the water, a drippy ice-cream cone. These can be frustrating events for both child and parent, but the daddy in this book finds a way to fix each problem, lovingly and patiently. Why? Because he loves his little girl, of course! This spot-on pairing ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 18th 2005 by Clarion Books
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Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jun 06, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Hmmm. I am not really sure what to think about this book.

I really love the illustrations. Actually, this would be a brilliant wordless book…but it is not. Instead, it is a beautifully illustrated book about a father that is NEVER impatient, says all the right things, and comforts his daughter throughout an entire day of minor mishaps.

I do not know one father that is this way all the time. I feel like fathers are lovable because children know that they are loved by them despite their quirks and
May 28, 2012 Dolly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: parents reading with their little ones
This is a sweet story about the relationship between a father and daughter. They have a fun day at the beach and the little girl mentions all the good choices that her dad makes, instead of making the easiest or more impatient choice. She wants her dad to know that she appreciates how he spends extra time with her and is patient, kind and loving. Sounds perfect, right?

Truly, though, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Our girls didn't really like it because the dad in this book is really no
Jun 21, 2012 Jenny rated it it was ok
This dad is just a little too sweet and a little too permissive. When my kids heard the story, they interrupted at one point to say, "That's not what our dad would do." If you're packed for the beach and you can't find your shoe, your dad probably will say, You should put things where they belong and not just go and happily, patiently look for your shoe. It is great to show the love dads have for their kids...and some of these things were exactly what dads would do, at least some of the time. Bu ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Ericka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sweet, gentle book is about a daughter and father spending the day together at the beach. The little girl is a typical child, forgetful and messy, but instead of scolding her, her daddy finds a way to make her feel special and loved with each small obstacle she creates that could "ruin" a perfect day...thus actually creating a perfect day.

For instance, when she makes a mess with an ice cream cone, he doesn't reprimand her; he just gets napkins and some water and cleans her hands carefully.
Jun 28, 2012 Kirsten rated it liked it
I liked this book. I have seen my husband do many of these sweet things for my daughter. What I didn't like was that they made it sound bad if sometimes the dad said things like "You should put things where they belong" or "I told you not to play so close to the waves." Because I have heard my husband say these things too. Every child needs love, but they also need to learn responsibility and good old common sense.
Little John
Jun 26, 2014 Little John rated it it was amazing
As a parent, I liked this book because it models a gentler, respectful way to parent, illustrating that attachment parenting is a series of choices, every day, in every situation. Yes, real, live daddies sometimes lose their patience, but I like that this book shows the options. In the example of the missing shoe, while it would be tempting to say, "well, you should put things where they belong" but that doesn't fix the problem. However, the opportunity to create a teachable moment presents itse ...more
Lorna Reed
Aug 07, 2009 Lorna Reed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Shows a daughter's appreciation for the unconditional love of her father.
Sep 29, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I think this would be an awesome gift from children to fathers.
Nov 27, 2011 Jami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedtime-stories
Love this book although I may have a bias.
Apr 29, 2016 Nathan rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
Honestly, I would not read this to children. It gives them an unrealistic portrait of a father, and it is essentially going to be a let down when their own parents are not perfect. We all make mistakes, and I wouldn't want my children thinking I don't love them just because I don't say the right thing all the time.
I don't believe that is the message the author wanted to give, but it is what I got from the book. I'd give it no stars, but the pictures by R.W. Alley were good and I really liked the
Justine Meyer
Sep 03, 2015 Justine Meyer rated it it was amazing
Goosebumps. The daddy has such sincerity and sweetness that it makes us think about all the children who don't have a father figure or a father who is as kind and loving as this one. I would use this book to show students how to treat one another and how to appreciate the loving daddies that are out there- even if they aren't our own. Definitely a keeper to read to your kids at night.
Oct 08, 2015 Kendra rated it liked it
Shelves: single-parents
Cute book for children. Sweet daddy- daughter concept. Can be used to show single parents as main character since the book follows the father and his daughter. Through out the day several problems occur and dad fixes them all. I like how this book puts the father as a role model. Pictures will also hold childs attention since they are things that happen on a daily basis in a childs life.
Walter Walker
May 15, 2016 Walter Walker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Wonderful story about a dad and his daughter. I like the way the words flow on the pages. The cover draws one in with the title written as if it were waves crashing on the beach. I believe it is good for children and fathers up to 1st or 2nd grade.
Kelsey Wilson
Sep 24, 2013 Kelsey Wilson rated it it was amazing
Because Your Daddy Loves You is a fiction book. I would say teh grade level is from Kindergarten to 2nd grade. Again, another book I loved. It addressed the stereotype most people have about men as caregivers. Most people link the father figure to work and more so doing the things with the male child and the mother as the caring, nurturing figure. In this book, this is not so at all. They show the father being with his daughter. It's also like the address the things you would normally expect a f ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Suzie rated it liked it
Ok, I feel better about myself after reading others' reviews! The dad was so sweet that it made me feel like a bad mom. But it did make me think about how I can take a breath and react more calmly and lovingly, I guess!
May 05, 2014 Mandy rated it liked it
This one was ok. We only read it a couple times. The illustrations were pretty cute, had a sweet message, but not my favorite book.
Aug 21, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of Dad I always want to be! ^_^
Jul 19, 2012 June rated it liked it
Recommends it for: father requests
Recommended to June by: Goodreads Children's Group Picture Book Club
Shelves: picture-book, fathers
I found Because Your Daddy Loves You a good reminder that parenting requires patience. I also wonder as someone else did if this was about a single father. Plus, I have a soft spot for Andrew Clements. I don't know that I would use it for story time - it struck me as a more one on one bonding book.

I do agree that the father did seem to be idealistically portrayed and missed several teaching opportunities.
Sep 22, 2014 N added it
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Dad & daughter
Jun 13, 2014 Lynne rated it liked it
This is the sweetest book! It is about a father and daughter and all the little ways he shows his love for his little girl all day long. I bought this to give to my son because he is that kind of dad.
Ashley Allen
This is an excellent book to talk about the relationship the father has with the daugther. I would use this to talk about the role I, the teacher, has in each children's lives. I would talk about how I am there to help them and to help them learn.
Jun 23, 2012 Deb rated it it was ok
Another book that is too over the top with treacly love. Perhaps the perfect parent portrait just sits poorly right now.
Mar 05, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
we gave this book to all of our dad friends the year we discovered it.
Faith Davis
Oct 02, 2010 Faith Davis rated it it was amazing
I like everyone to read me this book every night at Daddy's house.
Dec 04, 2010 Katey rated it it was amazing
If you are a dad you need to own this book! Enough said.
Apr 01, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really sweet book about a Daddy's love
Jul 15, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
Every father should read this book
Dec 15, 2013 L rated it liked it
Lovely illustrations
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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