Thats-Papas-Way
It’s the quiet, understated love between a parent and child that kids will connect with most.
— Booklist

That's Papa's Way

written by Kate Banks

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  • A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)


A father and his little girl set out early one morning to go fishing. The girl watches her father closely, noticing how he plucks the worms from the soil with his bare hands, not with a trowel as she does. How he casts his fishing line far out into the lake, while she drops hers over the side of the boat. How patient he is waiting for the fish to bite, while she is restless. His way does not match hers, but that’s just fine. In the end she gives Papa an affectionate pat on the back when he catches a fish, just as he patted her back earlier when she caught one. The happy spirit of this father-daughter outing is fully captured in comforting earth-toned illustrations.
Their [father and daughter] understanding of each other is deep and intimate, evident in both text and Castillo’s illustrations. Soft, reassuringly thick outlines contain this happy pair, even as they are cradled within their boat, which in turn is held gently by the waves. Thick, matte stock completes the warmly rumpled look of this loving snapshot.
— Kirkus
A father and a daughter spend a lovely day together. And that’s something to celebrate.
— School Library Journal