Cover image for A father's love / Hannah Holt ; illustrated by Yee Von Chan.
A father's love / Hannah Holt ; illustrated by Yee Von Chan.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Philomel Books, [2019]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : coloured illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Throughout the animal kingdom and within snug houses, fathers express love for their children in their own unique ways. Includes facts about the animals featured.
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This heartwarming book celebrates the love that fathers and children share in the animal kingdom, while also teaching young readers about colors. Perfect for new babies, new fathers, baby shower gifts, Father's Day gifts, and for kids who love their dads on any old day. Throughout the animal kingdom, in every part of the world, fathers love and care for their babies. This book takes readers around the globe and across the animal kingdom, showcasing the many ways fathers have of demonstrating their love. Whether it's a penguin papa snuggling with his baby in the frosty white snow, a lion dad playing with his cub in a yellow field, or a seahorse father protecting his young inside his pouch in the deep blue ocean, we see that a father's love comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. With beautiful art that brings all of the dads and babies, and the love between them, to vivid, colorful life, this book is a celebration of the special bond that a father shares with his children.

Author Notes

Hannah Holt ( is an engineer and children's author. Her books, Diamond Man and A Father's Love weave together her love of science and language. She lives in Oregon with her husband, four children, and a pet fish named Moon. She and her family enjoy reading, hiking, and eating chocolate chip cookies. Follow her on Twitter @HannahWHolt.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Holt writes in singsong verse about the ways different animal fathers show love for their babies. Animal pairs appear in a range of habitats: "A father toad dives quick, unseen/ beneath a creekside evergreen./ While he glides,/ his babies gleam./ This father's love/ flows like a stream." In digitally colored art that skews flat on the page, flecks, speckles, and dashed lines texturize the animals' fur, skin, and feathers. Back matter identifies the featured animals in more detail, describing how the fathers care for their young: "Emu fathers build the nest, keep eggs warm, and raise chicks all by themselves." Two human fathers are also included, holding their sleeping infants: "A father's love could hold the world." A sweet-natured, if slight, look at the father-child bond. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.