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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
What Makes My Dad Special? is a children’s social issues picture book written by C. Selbherr and illustrated by Nugraha. Kate and her mom were out in their garden playing when Kate began to ask questions about her dad. She wanted to know what made him special, and her mom began to tell her some of the reasons. It would really have taken her mom days and days to fully list everything, but Kate loved hearing everything her mom told her. Kate’s mom met her dad when Kate was a baby. She knew he would be the most special dad Kate could ever have -- and he certainly has been. Kate was even the flower girl at their wedding. Kate really does know how special her dad is, and how fortunate she is to have him in her life, but it’s fun to have her mom tell her these things.
C. Selbherr’s social issues picture book for children, What Makes My Dad Special?, is a marvelous resource for parents to address the subject of a child having a step-parent. Kate’s dad did all the “dad” things for her as she was growing up, and the relationship is as strong as any father/child bond could be. This book is also a useful tool for educators and caregivers to use so kids from biological families learn that kids with step-fathers and mothers have real parents too -- parents who love them. What Makes My Dad Special? is a grand selection for story time, but it’s also a suitable primer for a new reader. The vocabulary used is simple and easy, and Nugraha’s brightly colored images will help kids guess at any unfamiliar words. What Makes My Dad Special? is most highly recommended.