“It is nighttime and the fathers are coming home.”
So begins this lyrical tribute to all the fathers everywhere who come home to their children—from the rabbit father who hops home to his little bunnies, to the dog father who comes home to his puppies. A never-before published work from one of children’s literature’s greatest writers and masterfully illustrated by a New York Times bestselling artist, this poignant story concludes with a young boy whose father is a sailor coming home from the sea to his son.
About the Author
Margaret Wise Brown's contribution to children's literature is legendary. Her many popular titles include Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny and The Little Fur Family and she was one of the best-selling children's writers of all time.
Stephen Savage is the author and illustrator of nine books for children, including the New York Times bestselling picture book Polar Bear Night, written by Lauren Thompson. He is the creator of the Where’s Walrus books, Supertruck, and Little Tug. Steve is the recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, a Sendak Fellowship, an ILA Primary Fiction Award, and a Geisel Honor Award. His editorial illustrations have appeared in dozens of major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter.
Date of Birth:May 23, 1910
Date of Death:November 13, 1952
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, N.Y.
Place of Death:Nice, France
Education:B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am in my last year of undergraduate studies to become a teacher of children age 3-grade 3. In classrooms, it is important to have books representing different types of families. This book will relate to those children that have a family member that is deployed. Children who have family deployed in the armed forces can easily relate to this book and in many times will find comfort as they read it. The book begins by sharing different father animals that come home to their babies at night. At the end, it shows a father that is a sailor coming home to his son. It is a very simple read, so a child will be able to read it with time. It also follows a pattern that the child can catch on to.
In "The Fathers Are Coming Home," a variety of male animals-- a pig, a snail, a dog, and many others-- return home to their children at nighttime, including a sailor who returns home to his son.This book brought out a very emotional side in me, because my husband is an active duty airman. While we don't have children yet, I worry about the day I will have to tell them their daddy will be leaving, and explain to them when he will return.This would be a good book to read near Father's Day, and I could have my students write about their favorite thing to do with their dad. I could also ask them to write about what they think the baby animals like to do with THEIR dads.
This is a powerful picture book by Margaret Wlse. The story tells of different father animals coming home to their young. It ends with a soldier coming home to his son. This was a very emotional book for me, because my brother is active over seas. I found myself tearing up in the book store.