"The Night Before Father's Day" by Natasha Wing is a spin on the classic 1823 poem "The Night Before Christmas." Whether you know and love the original or not, this book was a fun rhyming book that immediately got my kids excited about Father's Day and thinking - what can we do for Dad?
T his was such a sweet story about a family loving each other. The illustrations were adorable, and I loved the poetry. Overall it was one of those feel-good books that leaves everyone smiling. We all had a little laugh over the baby washing his underwear when mom and big sister were busy washing the car. It was a great book to introduce my kids to the idea of Father's Day, and they were all to excited to start thinking up our own suprises when we were done. But I can also see us reading this any time of the year, just as a reminder about doing kind things for each other and a sense of family togetherness.
Book for Children Ages: 2 years old to 7 years old
Related Discussion Questions:
- Come up with your own ideas for Father's Day, or think of something that will brighten anyone's day throughout the year.
- Wash the car together. Not only will you end up with a clean(er) vehicle, but the different textures of soap, water and rags make great multisensory play.
- Let your kids help make a favorite breakfast. Then eat it together in a different kind of way. Have a breakfast picnic in the backyard, take it to the park, or pretend you are eating at a restuarant by playing the parts of servers and patrons.
Cultural Diversity: One of the things that made this book special is that it featured an African American family - something that is all too rare in children's books.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars* - Beautiful Book