myfatherknowsthenames-200Raiding 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.

Buy this book:

Amazon.com – My Father Knows the Names of Things

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