by Beth Raisner Glass

Abrams Books for Young Readers, $14.95, 32 pages

How can little Squirrel show his dad how much he loves him? With only five hours until Dad gets home from work, Squirrel decides to gather his art supplies and create a present to give to Dad. Author Beth Raisner Glass’ rhyming story Blue-Ribbon Dad gives readers a glimpse into the charming bond between a father and his son. This is a special project Squirrel wants to make all by himself. His mom keeps busy by baking a tasty dessert to surprise her family with when Dad gets home. What will Squirrel make? A Blue Ribbon for the #1 Dad is the perfect idea. As he works, he thinks about the special things they do together. ||Enjoy Margie Moore’s beautiful illustrations. She masterfully uses pen and watercolors to create the Squirrel family’s loving world. As each hour ticks by, a big clock on the wall shows the time. Parents and teachers can expand story comprehension by incorporating a lesson on telling time. Don’t wait until a birthday or Father’s Day to let your special dad know how much he is loved. Use the included ribbon for your dad! Today is a perfect day to honor your Blue Ribbon Dad!

Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin