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,