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A Father Like That

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A boy knows all about fathers. He knows there are little things a father understands, like how to play checkers and when to bend the rules at bedtime. And he knows there are big things a father does, like banishing nightmares and spending special time with his son. Even if he doesn't have a father, a boy can imagine one just like that.

LeUyen Pham's tender drawings illustra
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by HarperCollins (first published 1971)
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A Father Like That, is a fiction book, about a boy who knows a lot about fathers, and imagines the type of father that he would like to have one day. This book relates to my topic because the little boy is imagining the type of dad he would like to have, and a father and son relationship is an important dynamic of a family.

I think that the story is interesting because it is something that some children can relate to. It also offers a variety of things to think about, question, or consider such a
“A Father Like That” depicts a young African American boy dreaming about what his ideal father figure would be like. He does not know his father, so he’s describing for the reader what his father would act like if he had one. His mother assures him at the end of the book that although he does not have a father figure in his life, he can be the father he described in the future.

This book coincides with my topic of families, and would be extremely relatable to a lot of students who do not know th
Leonie Atherton
This is a very heart warming story about a young boy who is trying to imagine what his father would be like if he were around. He imagines the things he would do with his father and how well they would get along. Its a very real situation that many children are growing up in a household where their fathers aren't around. I think to read this story aloud in a classroom setting may be a little too close to home for some children and possibly quite upsetting. I also think that the role of the mothe ...more
Written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, this book follows narratives as told by a young boy. Although he is fatherless and has never met his father, he dreams of the father he would like. The things they would do together and how his father would treat him. From daily encounters to being sick in bed, he imagines how a father should act. This tale ends with the mother making a powerful statement of truth, although the boy does not have a father, he should hope to be a father ...more
Jose Juan
In this story by Charlotte Zolotow a young boy invisions the perfect father figure and describes him to his mother. The boy's father was never a part of his life. LeUyen Pham does an incredible job of illustrating this children's book with beautiful, colorful, and tender drawings. A few motifs that I picked up on that Pham uses in this story is the color mustard use though out. This color sets an intimate mood through out the story. Another motif Pham uses is the detailed art work in the wall pa ...more
Elizabeth Mcdonough
Zolotow, Charlotte (1973). A Father like That. New York: Harper & Row Publishing.


Living with parents separately: Raised by a single parent and/or Divorced Parents
A boy living with a single mom
This is the story of a young boy who has a single mom. His father went away before he was born. He is telling his mom what he wishes his father would be like:
Walk him to the bus every day
Eat dinner as a family
Do the dishes as a family
Play checkers before bedti
Carin Paige
Charlotte Zolotow’s story follows a young boy’s belief of what his father would be like, if he lived with his mother. The young boy names all the different activities he and his father would do together, and his single mother allows the boy’s imagination to run wild. The young boy paints a picture of an amazing man, in this Slice of Life story, but in the end his mother lovingly brings him back to reality. She kindly reminds the boy that even if his father isn’t real, she is there to love and su ...more
In the story of “A Father like That” a young boy tells his mom what he wishes his father could be like if he had a father, since his dad left when he was just a baby. The boy gives a list of qualities and characteristics that he thinks are important and crucial to being a good father. He talks about things like playing chess, leaving the house, and simply enjoying father-son moments together. As the story progresses the young boy becomes sad because all he can do is only dream about the father h ...more
Samantha Hagler
This narrative is a sad, but hopeful story about a young boy with a single parent, his mother. The young boy, whose name is not mentioned, is the narrator of this story and describes to his mother in detail what his father would be like if he were still around (ex. "If he were here, we'd leave the house together every day"). His father left him before he was born, so it is just his mother raising him. Although the author, Charlotte Zolotow, was not raised by a single parent, she did a wonderful ...more
Megan Willis
In A Father Like That, Charlotte Zolotow paints a gentle picture of a young boy who imagines what his life would be like if he had a father. It is clear that this boy's father has never been a part of his life, and he describes his "perfect father" to his mother. The revised edition is illustrated by LeUyen Pham. She does an excellent job of painting an urban setting, and keeping the illustrations on a sad topic lighthearted and warm. The ending of the story is absolutely perfect. After her son ...more
Michelle Marcano
Zolotow, Charlotte, and Ben Shecter. A Father like That. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.

Subgroup: Single parent families

Genre: Fiction

Topics: Single parent homes, Families

Synopsis: A young boy whose father left when he was a little boy begins to think about what it would be like to have a father. he describes what he portrays as the perfect man. The boy tell his mother that his father would never call him a sissy if he cried and he could read him bedtime stories every might. At the end of the
Clairissa D
This book is about a young who lives in a single parent household with his mother.Throughout the story the little is explaining to his mother the type of father that he would like to have. The main characters in this book are the little boy and his mother. I believe this is a realistic fiction. This book would be good for the classroom because it illustrates a single parent household from a different and allows the students and teachers to understand what a fellow student or classmate may be fee ...more
Kristine Pratt
The perfect book to read to any child (especially boys) who is growing up without a father. The resolution at the end is perfect, a little bit sad, but still very perfect. Every child should grow up with a father like that.
Zolotow,C.(1971).A Father Like That.New York,New York: Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.

I thought this book was great. I used in my read aloud lesson, where I had to teach a controversial topic. This book focuses on the topic of a young boy who does not have a father figure in his life. I found this to be powerful and moving, because many of my students came from broken homes. In this story, the child not only didn't have a father but was constantly dreaming about the things he would do with his
Melody Richardson
A boy fantasizes about what it would be like if he had a father. In the beginning he explains that his daddy went away before he was born, but if he were here these are the things he would do. Despite not actually having his father present, this boy can imagine every detail of what his father would do for him. In the end his mother encourages the boy to become everything he ever wished his father would be. It is very hard for those children growing up in single family households, this book shows ...more
Kelly Morgan
This book is good for ages 2nd grade through 5th. I would recommend this book to all boys and girls who may not have a father not in their life. This book allows the reader to come on the journey of the characters imagination. My father was not always in my life. I would imagine things he would do for me and my brothers. As I grew older, I realized that I would want a husband that I would raise the children in the way a father is suppose to raise them. Respectful, responsible and safe are done t ...more
A little boy tells his mother about all the things he would do with his father, if he had one. Many children will instantly recognize and identify with the yearning the boy feels. His mother’s response in the end resonates hope and wisdom: “ case he never comes, just remember when you grow up, you can be a father like that yourself!” Pham’s realistic watercolor illustrations shine, bringing the boy’s dream to life. Every elementary library needs to pass this message on to the young boys it ...more
Mary Ann
I love the realistic illustrations, showing a boy with his dad. This story focuses on a young boy whose father left before he was born, but now he's dreaming of what his life would be like if his father was there. I wonder how young children will react to so much focus on the boy's dreaming of his dad. There are so many rich pictures of the boy with his dad. It's a big leap to understanding this isn't happening. So my guess is save this for 1st graders, not preschoolers.
Jadai Mcgee
Zolotow,C.(1971).A Father Like That.New York,New York: Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.
Subgroup: Single Parent Families
Topic: Families without a dad, Single moms
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Synopsis: A young boy wishes he had a father, but his father went away before he was born. He sits with his mother and describes exactly how he'd like his father to be. His mother advises him that just in case his father never comes that he can be a father, like the one he describes, when he grows up.
A young boy shares with his mother how things would be if his father was in his life. After he is finished sharing his list, his mother encourages him to be a father like the one he describes someday.

Great message, made me a little teary-eyed but I am a single mom and I could picture having the same conversation with my son. When he is a little bit older, we will re-visit this book.

The illustrations do a nice job of showing expression and movement.
A boy describes the type of dad he'd have if his father didn't leave before he was born. It's heart-wrenching to read it. The boy fantasizes about what the father would say and do in detail. The illustrations are great. The mom tells him at the end that he may never have a dad but he could be a great father when he grows up. The fact that the tale is so realistic makes it a good book for single parents, although it is kind of sad.
Having read about the passing of authorCharlotte Zolotow this past week, I was especially pleased to unearth a used copy of this book today. First published in 1971 and reissued with new illustrations by LeUyen Phom in 2007, this touching story is timeless. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this one.
Kathryn Hogan
It is about a little boy that is raised by his mother and ants to be a great father one day. He talks about all the wonderful things fathers are supposed to do and what he wants to do. Very cute story, great to read and help students to understand about being raised by only one parent. Good story for children that do not know their father to relate too.
I was surprised to find this had been reillustrated. Anohter reviewer wondered why the boy in question was black, as most of Zolotow's characters are white. In the first illustrations, he was white. It is a universal story however, and the boy could be any race, and it would still make my cry any time I read it.
This is a very touching book but many of our young students deal with not having a father around. I think this would be a great book to read to you class and help them get though hard days. This book also help students love and appreciate the mother that they have around to fill in the place of their father.
Jun 10, 2008 Karla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: single parent families
Shelves: picture-books
A boy whose father left before he was born describes what his father would be like if he had one. Poignant, beautiful description of an ideal relationship between a father and son. Beautifully illustrated reprint of Charlotte Zolotow's 1971 story.
A sensitive and heartbreaking little book. I prefer the artwork by Ben Shecter in this edition than to the newer edition published in 2007.
Jun 22, 2013 Marcia added it
Shelves: fiction, slis
Illustrated by Ben Shecter, 1971.
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Good read
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Charlotte Zolotow (born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro) was an American author, poet, editor, and publisher of many books for children.
She was published by more than 20 different houses (many of which she has outlasted). She was an editor, and later publisher, at Harper & Row, which was called Harper & Brothers when she began to work there and is now known as HarperCollins.
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