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My father knows the names of things. . . . And teaches all the names to me. From each bird that sings, to every kind of cloud, to all of the planets, the father in this story knows the names of them all--and takes the time to impart his knowledge to his child. As they walk together outside, the father points out which mosses are the fuzziest and which insects are the buzziMy father knows the names of things. . . . And teaches all the names to me. From each bird that sings, to every kind of cloud, to all of the planets, the father in this story knows the names of them all--and takes the time to impart his knowledge to his child. As they walk together outside, the father points out which mosses are the fuzziest and which insects are the buzziest, which flowers are the tallest and which beetles are the smallest. Jane Yolen's lyrical text is complemented by Stephane Jorisch's soft artwork, a pairing that is touching without being overly sentimental, which makes this the perfect choice for fathers and children to share....

Title : My Father Knows the Names of Things
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ISBN : 9781416948957
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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My Father Knows the Names of Things Reviews

  • Dee-Ann
    2019-02-25 00:31

    Cute book, great pictures and it is a good celebration of fathers. However, I think more could have been done eg. provide examples of names of things and also the ending did not seem like an ending.

  • Donalyn
    2019-03-23 01:36

    A love letter to fathers everywhere, this book celebrates the knowledge and guidance that fathers share with their children like the names of animals and seven words for blue. This would make a special read aloud for fathers and their children or launch a discussion about what we learn from our parents.

  • Jen Traub
    2019-02-24 04:23

    A sweet celebration of how kids look up to their daddies.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-17 22:35

    A lovely tribute to Dads and all those things they just know!

  • Kate Puleo Unger
    2019-03-09 04:32

    I bought this book for Jim for Father's Day when Christopher was a baby I think. We've read it many times over the years, and now finally Christopher was able to read it to me. It's a poetic story about a boy and his father and all the things his father teaches him. It's simple and sweet, and the illustrations are very whimsical and adorable.

  • Margo Tanenbaum
    2019-03-17 01:18

    This delightful new picture book illustrates a whimsical poem by the widely acclaimed children’s author Jane Yolen. A little boy tells the reader how “My father knows the names of things”—not only the names of birds, dogs, and cheese, but “which mosses are the fuzziest…which insects are the buzziest.” Not only does he know so many things, “he points out everything we see and teaches all the names to me.” This is a wonderful book for a Father’s Day present or for a Father’s Day story time. It depicts a warm relationship between a son and his father, with the dad teaching his child everything he knows. The detailed watercolor illustrations add to the charm of the book, with the son and father depicted on an exciting adventure on each colorful two-page spread. For example, the book’s illustration for “he knows the names of dogs” depicts a lady walking seven dogs of wildly different breeds, showing the dad and his son stopping to look (and presumably learning the different names of the dogs). The short, rhyming text makes it suitable as a read-aloud for the youngest children as well as preschoolers.

  • Brittaney Reed
    2019-03-18 21:43

    Yolen, J. (2010). My father knows the names of things. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division. "My Father Knows the Names of Things" by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch is a very delightful book about a young book and his father. The boy sees his father as the best father out there because he knows the names of so many different things. The book goes through illustrations of what the father knows from dogs, to planets to which dinosaurs are the meanest. The boy and father explore all these different things and boy says how the father teaches them to him. This book is an easy read and very sweet and it is nice to see the relationship between the boy and his father. The illustrations are great and colorful and I really like how the author really depicts how the father and son explore the world and all these things. I would recommend this book and I could even see a son reading it with his father around father's day. I think children would enjoy all the creative illustrations and the whole premise of the storyline.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-16 01:39

    Raiding the shelves of the library, I spotted My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen. I think it was the airplane on the cover that caught my eye, or the title brought back memories of my childhood.This is a fun book for any child who looks up to their father. Written in rhyme, it has a fantastic rhythm to the text as a child talks about all the things his father knows about, from flowers to bees to clouds. It brought back memories of my dad telling me about the trees and teaching us the periodic table of elements. He is now doing the same with my kids.Something I really enjoyed about this story is the relationship between father and son. Both the story and the pictures show a close relationship where the father enjoys spending time imparting knowledge to his son. I could imagine him making up some of the names of things that he doesn’t know the name of and his son believing every word.This is a wonderful book for fathers and sons to share together.

  • Amy Forrester
    2019-03-02 20:17

    The boy in this book has the best father. He knows the names of things, from dogs and planets, clouds and cats, to seven words that all mean blue and which dinosaurs are the meanest. And as father and son explore the world, “He points out everything we see / And teaches all the names to me.” The text in this book is short and sweet, with just a hint of rhyming to keep things rolling. Yolen has chosen her words with care, so that there’s not syllable out of place. The illustrations, done in ink and watercolor, follow the boy and his father all over the world, from snorkeling under the sea to flying through the clouds in an airplane. The imaginative illustrations show the wonder of discovering and exploring the world. Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day:

  • Tasha
    2019-03-22 21:27

    With a colorful airplane on the cover, this book welcomes you to the world of a father and son. The father knows all sorts of facts. He knows the names of each and every thing from birds to dogs to cheese to bells. He knows facts about things like which beetles are smallest and which mosses are fuzziest. His son follows merrily after him, soaking up the knowledge of his father. A great book for Father’s Day.Yolen’s poem is clever, silly and great fun to read. It’s couplets are merry and jaunty. The rhyme is never overpowering and the rhythm adds to the appeal. Jorisch’s watercolor and gouache illustrations also have a wonderful sense of play. They have a quirky modernism that captures the feel of the poem and adds to it. This book celebrates knowledge and imagination as well as the father son relationship. It is a treat for any time of year. Appropriate for ages 4-7.

  • Carolyn Hart
    2019-03-22 00:39

    A happy celebration of the relationship between a boy and his father. It is clear that the pair enjoys spending time together and they have fun adventures – flying in a small airplane, snorkeling, riding bikes, painting and studying insects. All the while, the boy is learning from his father.My father knows the names of things,Each different sort of bell that rings,And stones,And knows the names of planets,Stars,And even human bones.Mr. Jorisch’s joyful illustrations capture emotions and the the pair’s close relationship. Will be enjoyed by children aged four years and up.Highlighted in our Terrific Picture Books About Fathers and Fatherhood post

  • Abby
    2019-02-26 04:36

    This book is about a little boy who says that his father knows the names of most things. It is about a little boy that looks up to his father. This book is best suited for kids ages four through eight or in preschool to fourth grade. This book's themes are family, father-child relationship, and adventure. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I gave this book four stars because it reminded me of when I was little and my father knew everything. It is a cute book that I think kids will enjoy.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-13 21:24

    Paying tribute to great fathers everywhere, this picture book uses rhyming examples to show how much one father knows and how he passes that knowledge down to his child. Whether the two are walking through a meadow, tiptoeing over stones, examining bugs, greeting cats, or choosing candies, the two clearly enjoy their time together. While they're learning about the little things such as how to feed a bird, they're also learning about the bigger things. The watercolor, gouache, pen, and ink illustrations celebrate these special moments in their day in lively fashion.

  • Stacie
    2019-03-01 22:36

    Author: Jane YolenIllustrator: Stephanie JorischTitle: My Father Knows the Names of ThingsPlot: The father knows the names of everything and teaches them to the son.Setting: EverywhereCharacters: Son, FatherPOV: 1st (son)Theme: Father-SonStyle: Picture Book, Children's BookCopyright: 2010Notes: This book was annoying. The kid says his father knows the names of everything (and he means everything) but he never shares what those names are. Also, there is no point to this story. Just the kid talking about all that his dad knows, The End,

  • Beyond the Pages
    2019-02-21 04:41

    How refreshing to come across a book about a father and a son who are so deeply engaged in the educational process! I loved reading this book to my kids. I think that this book showed the wonderful connection that a dad had with his son. These two went on amazing adventures and the learning never stopped. I loved the illustrations and the content variety. There were so many great avenues presented that I could take with my kids as a result of what was in the book. Excellent!

  • Kristen
    2019-03-14 00:15

    This is the kind of picture book I like to see about dads - one that's actually from the kid's point of view. The rhyme is nice and has a bit of variety (you don't feel like you sound like a metronome when reading it aloud). In the midst of some goopier books about fathers, this book is one the kids would want to read again curled up on Dad's lap.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-08 01:40

    Written in verse, this is a tribute to a father who teaches his child all that he knows by sharing the names of things he encounters. It's a fairly simple story, with a fairly simple point, and I like it. It has an inconsistent rhyme scheme, but a fairly consistent meter. The illustrations are simple and child-friendly with a nice mixture of color and detail. It's a pleasant read.

  • Erin
    2019-03-02 02:34

    A great tribute to fathers, and like other reviewers, I loved the final sentence: “he points out everything we see and teaches all the names to me.” It seemed to highlight the relationship between father and child, and while the child is impressed with the knowledge of his father, he ends with being grateful for the interaction even more than just having a smart dad.

  • Alicia
    2019-02-21 03:31

    A simple book about dads and how they share their knowledge with their children. It's corny that I did and even cornier that I'm admitting that the other night I teared-up as I read the story to my boys since I know how wonderful my husband is as a father. Yes, VERY corny!

  • Isela
    2019-03-12 04:26

    This is definition a father and son book, which is going into my child's book collection. I believe that the connection between the boy and his father makes this book special because the boy is surely proud of this dad. The pictures are bright and colorful and the words are easy to read.

  • Jade Ralston
    2019-03-19 03:33

    This book shows how the bond between a father and son is strong. It shows how the son is so amazed that his father knows the names of everything. He looks up to him. It has a nice flow to it and the pictures are colorful and simple in a good way.

  • Candice
    2019-03-04 01:20

    A really sweet father/child book. You can see how the little boy looks up to his father and thinks that he knows everything because he knows the name of flowers and fish, dogs and dinosaurs. The colorful and whimsical illustrations show a boy and his dad involved in a host of fun activities.

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-02-28 22:17

    The meaning behind this book was a special one, time spend between a Dad and a child. The dad teaches the child with things around him. But the actual story there wasn't one... wasn't really even lines from a poem. It was a little boring to myself and my 3 year old granddaughter.

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2019-02-23 00:22

    Very cute book that brings to life a poem about the bond between father and son. Watercolor illustrations are okay. My son loved the illustrations of the insects, cows, and planets.

  • Kalynda
    2019-03-12 04:33

    This is a good Father's Day book, or just a good book about a loving and knowledgeable father and how he shares that knowledge with his child.

  • Madison
    2019-02-24 00:37

    This is a very cute story proving just how important fathers are. It proves that children pay attention to every move their elders make.

  • Kay
    2019-03-22 02:44

    Cute book about nouns without sounding like a book on nouns.

  • Steffen Minner
    2019-02-20 20:36

    Gorgeously illustrated, wouldn't it be great if the dad in this book existed for as many kids as possible?

  • Linda Starr
    2019-03-02 20:36

    The rhythm of the book was hard to get into. It was also unrelateable for my husband and daughter.

  • Marna
    2019-03-06 02:42

    Nice to read a book about a child who is proud of what his father knows!