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Dad and Pop
An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers

by Kelly Bennett
Illustrated by Paul Meisel


Kelly Bennett's book, Dad and Pop: An Ode to Fathers and Stepfathers, lets young readers understand that two equally kind and considerate men can be quite different in appearance and activities and yet be very similar when it counts the most. Both men are supportive of their happy family and, most of all, they both love her.

If not for the book's subtitle, a reader might assume the cheerful little girl is talking about her father and grandfather. The text never makes her relationship with the two men clear, and in fact, one man does appear to be older than the other.

Young readers can transfer the lesson of this story to an understanding that outer appearances and activities are not the most important things to look at when judging people.

With the high rate of divorce, this would make an excellent addition to classrooms, where students can learn that it is OK to have a step-parent. The illustrations, while just a little misleading, are delightful and contribute greatly to the message of the book,

The Book

April 2010
Hardcover picture book
Fiction / Children ages 4-8
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The Reviewer

Willie Elliott
Reviewed 2010
NOTE: Reviewer Willie Elliott is's "Before the Title" columnist, covering non-fiction books and related subjects.
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