My Dad Is A Clown/ Mi Papá Es Un Payaso

 
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My Dad Is A Clown/ Mi Papá Es Un Payaso
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4+
Release Date
February 14, 2017
ISBN
978-8494413766
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The other day at school, a classmate got angry at me and said, "Clown!"
I thanked him and gave him a kiss.
He didn't understand but we became friends again."

"What do you want to be when you grow up" is a question that fascinates kids and this book explores two occupations -- healing the soul (clown) and healing the body (doctor). Plus there's a need for books showing families of all types so children can see themselves and their families represented in books.

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My Dad Is A Clown/ Mi Papá Es Un Payaso
(Updated: October 13, 2016)
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
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I'm a huge fan of books show diversity in families. In MY DAD IS A CLOWN, readers see a young boy who is proud of the occupations of both of his dads. One of them, Pascual, is a doctor and the other one is a clown. The boy isn't sure what he wants to be he grows up. He knows that Pascual is a medical doctor but wants to see how his other dad gets ready to be a clown. He asks Pascual if they can spy on the other dad during his rehearsals. What he witnesses makes him realize how important the job of being a clown is.

This book is bilingual. My experience as a former bilingual teacher is that the extra language text in children's books can sometimes be distracting. Not to worry about that issue here! The Spanish in MY DAD IS A CLOWN flows effortlessly and bonus points for not being a direct translation. **Another huge pet peeve of mine! I also like how the Spanish text is highlighted in red. It's woven in such a way that it doesn't stand out and be distracting. I think my former students would have loved this book as much as I did! The theme of the importance of the job of being a doctor of the body and of the soul is shown through the eyes of a child. The illustrations also weren't overpowering.

Fun picture book that shows the love of a boy for both of his dads. A fun addition to any school and home library.
Good Points
1. Bilingual text that isn't distracting and flows effortlessly
2. Great addition to any family and school library
3. Book shows diversity in families
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