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Kevin and His Dad    by Irene Smalls & Michael Hays order for
Kevin and His Dad
by Irene Smalls
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 1999 (1999)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This is the sweet story of a treasured day that Kevin spends with his dad. Mom is not in the picture - could be working or simply shopping. Michael Hays' illustrations paint warmth and love into the day's events.

It begins 'On Saturday, with Mom away, / Dad and I work - then we play.' We see father and son making games out of chores - from 'railroading' the rugs to dusting the dog and dunking the dishes. After work comes play - hitting balls in the park, an 'action flick', a snack, and 'a long, long walk' and quiet talk.

Kevin tells us 'I love being with my dad; / he's the best friend a guy ever had.' Though the verse is basic, the feelings that Kevin and His Dad's text and pictures convey are powerful.

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