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A Father's Love

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  29 reviews
This heartwarming book celebrates the love that fathers and children share in the animal kingdom, while also teaching young readers about colors. Perfect for new babies, new fathers, baby shower gifts, Father's Day gifts, and for kids who love their dads on any old day.

Throughout the animal kingdom, in every part of the world, fathers love and care for their babies. This b
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Philomel Books
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Shaye Miller
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I was younger, most books showcasing a parent and a child focused on the mother figure. So I’m always pleased when I find modern picture books breaking the mold and emphasizing the importance of the relationship a child has with their father. The main theme of this book is that a father’s love is always there in many forms. Using rhyming poetry and metaphors, each page shares a different color and animal focusing on the father caring for their young. The back matter provides more informatio ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a clever idea to write a book about the animal species that rely on the father to do all the
nurturing and give momma a break. Back matter describing the nine animals and birds and amphibians where the father plays an active role in raising the babies.
Joy Pitcairn
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shh…don’t tell my husband! This is what he’s getting for Father's Day this year. More “serious” than the other books I’ve gotten him, this gem from Hannah Holt features rhyming text that beautifully gives glimpses into the real-life care different animal daddies give to their babies. The book does triple duty teaching color concepts, figurative language (think similes), and facts about animal dads (there is some extra info in the back matter). Plus, the illustrations are just so sweet and beauti ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This picture book showcases different species in which the fathers care for their children.

"Papas come in many stripes -- The big. The bold. The silent types. Beneath the ground or high above, each father's heart comes filled with love."

Anthropomorphized animals from across the world depict a father's love. Male emperor penguins, red foxes, pygmy marmosets, lions, midwife toads, seahorses, peregrines falcons, gray wolves, and emus are shown lovingly caring for their offspring. Human dads holding
Carrie Finison
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, this book captures the warm feelings of tender fatherly love, as depicted in the animal world. Young readers will like learning about how animals dads from each continent care for their young. As an added bonus, each page also evokes a different color associated with the animal.
One of my favorite pages reads:
Nestled on a purple ledge,
these baby falcons flap and fledge.
Their momma hunts. Dad keeps them warm.
This father's love soothes any storm.
The lyrical text flows nice
Vivian Kirkfield
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful tribute to fathers - and in rhyme that is lyrical yet simple enough for little ones to enjoy. The perfect gift for Father's Day or Valentine's Day or when a new baby arrives.
I love the nonfiction element of the story - various father/child relationships are portrayed, both human and those in the animal kingdom - with information in the back matter about the different animals mentioned.
Joyce Ellis
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Father's Love tells miniature stories in rhyme about the way various animal fathers lovingly interact with their little ones--from penguins to foxes to seahorses. The charming, calming book for bedtime or anytime culminates with human father love that invites Daddy-child snuggle time. With its rich illustrations and color palette, young readers will be drawn into the lives of well-known and lesser-known animals, this book will surely evoke that test of a good picture book: "Read it again!" ...more
Kelly Schmitt
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We bought this as a Father’s Day gift after loving Hannah Holt’s The Diamond and Boy. It is a delight— lovely for Father’s Day and baby showers. With charming verse it shows real father-child animal relationships around the world. There are geography (maps!) and color layers as well as animal facts in the back. The delightful illustrations are a great. This book will be read many times. Highly recommended as a great Daddy-child gift!
Cara Byrne
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
"But what about the moms? Where are the moms?" Likely biased because I'm the bigger reader in our family, my kindergartener wondered where the mothers were - but still liked this story, which weaves a rainbow of colors highlighting different animal dads and their young ones. While not necessarily the most accurate (as male lions are also known to kill their offspring...), this book celebrates fatherhood. ...more
Karen Johnson
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good addition to pictures books.

What I liked:
It shows a father's love rather than the usual mom's love portrayed in picture books.
The uncluttered artwork and nature focus.
And, I learned some things about what some male creatures do for their young. I only knew about penguins.
Nice recap at the end which each animal and what the father's role is.

Jenna Grodzicki
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This lyrical book highlights fathers throughout the animal kingdom who care for their young. Young readers will enjoy learning about daddy seahorses, emus, marmosets, and more. The included back matter gives additional information about the role of each animal father. The adorable illustrations paired with the flowing text make this a perfect choice for a read aloud.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Lyrical, educational and lessons in tenderness. It seems rare to come across a good book about Dads and a bonus, it's educational! Fun to know the roles the mothers and fathers have amongst different animal groups. ...more
Viviane Elbee
A perfect father-child book for Father’s Day. It is also a non-fiction book showing how different animal fathers care for their young. The illustrations are adorable. Plus, it has great rhyme and meter. Kids loved this book.
Teresa Edmunds
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I always like it when I find a book about dads. The best word to describe this book is "cute". The illustrations are cute. The story is cute. It would be the perfect book for a daddy to read at bedtime. Though the rhymes and words are simple, it has a sweet message. ...more
John (JP)
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated this children book has a good story to go with it. This book supports the role of a father in the family. Each of the animals listed the male has the primary role in raising the its young ones.
Lynn  Davidson
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated story of various animal fathers who tend their young. Each rhyming tale focuses on a different colour. In back of the book is more interesting information on each animal shown in the book.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. For one, it's great to have a book about papas for a change. Two, the rhyme and meter are lovely. Three, there is all kinds of animal science woven into the pages AND it's a book about colors. I love all the layers in the book. ...more
Mary Lee
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tribute to animal and human fathers with effective and creative rhyming text.
Raven Black
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute and fun way to teach science and colors. Quirky illustrations
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet book with great illustrations that uses multiple animals to show different aspects of a father's love for his child. Joey had us read this library book multiple times before returning. :) ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is a sweet story with lovely rhymes. I think it will be a favorite in many families.
Could be used for father's day. ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s emotional and loving for my child.
Monica Acker
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is such a sweet multi-layered rhyming book! Not only does it celebrate the relationship between father and child, the story also introduces animals, colors, and places around the world.
Miss Sarah
Different animal pairings are presented with a father and child and the love they share. Each pairing is shown in a different color scheme.
Lauri Meyers
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
rhyming couplets take the reader through a father's love as shown by different animals. From the classic seahorse dad to the lesser known emu-egg sitter. ...more
A simple picture talking about the different ways fathers in the animal kingdom show their love for their young.
This would be a nice one for a Father's Day or Dads and Donuts storytime.

Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the review copy.
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Hannah Holt is a children’s author with an engineering degree. Her books, The Diamond & The Boy (2018, Balzer+Bray) and A Father’s Love (2019, Philomel) weave together her love of language and science. She lives in Oregon with her husband, four children, and a very patient cat named Zephyr. She and her family enjoy reading, hiking, and eating chocolate chip cookies.

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