My Father Knows the Names of Things

Illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
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About The Book

My father knows the names of things. . . . And teaches all the names to me.

From each bird that sings, to every kind of cloud, to all of the planets, the father in this story knows the names of them all--and takes the time to impart his knowledge to his child. As they walk together outside, the father points out which mosses are the fuzziest and which insects are the buzziest, which flowers are the tallest and which beetles are the smallest. Jane Yolen's lyrical text is complemented by Stephane Jorisch's soft artwork, a pairing that is touching without being overly sentimental, which makes this the perfect choice for fathers and children to share.

About The Author
Photograph by Jason Stemple

Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 380 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. She is known for her beautiful poetry, picture books, fairy tales, novels, and nonfiction, and has even been called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” (Newsweek). She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at JaneYolen.com.

About The Illustrator

Stephane Jorisch has illustrated a number of picture books, including Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki; I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson; The Real Story of Stone Soup by Ying Chang Compestine; and Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxane Orgill, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 2010)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416948957
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® 510L

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