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Friday, November 28, 2014

Druthers, written and illustrated by Matt Phelan. Candlewick Press, Random House. 2014. $18.00 ages 3 and up

""If you had your druthers,
what would you do?"
asked her daddy.

"What are druthers?"

"Druthers are what you
would rather do if you
could do anything at all."

As soon as I read this book, I put it in my book cart for mailing to my son-in-law and new granddaughter. It is a perfect daddy-daughter share!

Penelope is not pleased with the rain; it just seems to go on and on! She is so B-O-R-E-D! Dad is busy with coffee (or tea) and a book; he seems content. Being the wonderful dad that he is, he is quick to respond with the 'druthers' question. After explaining what he means, he delights in spending the day with his daughter doing all those things she would 'druther' be doing.

They turn their adventures at the zoo, on the range, on the sea, and to the moon into a full out party,
using every conceivable toy and plaything in their repertoire. I remember those days at our house when imaginations ran wild, and rainy days were totally forgotten.

When the fun appears to be coming to an end, Penelope has only one wish for tomorrow!

Dad is filled with all of the energy needed to help create the world conjured up by his young daughter's dreamy wishes. He is also patient and understanding of her disappointment in the seemingly endless rain that keeps her from outdoor play. Together, they have a truly remarkable day.

Using ink and watercolor, Matt Phelan illuminates the pages with warm color, soft and gentle lines, and enough detail to keep even the most observant child busy trying to take it all in. When all is said and done, I'll bet both parties are just too tired to 'clean up'! I also remember that scenario.

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