written and illustrated by Bob Shea
(Balzer & Bray) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
A little hippo narrates this tale of showing his dad how to do simple things. For example, in the morning when it's time to get dressed, Dad asks the little hippo "Is this how you get dressed?" Dad is wearing underwear on his head with oven mitts on his arms and a boot and a bucket for shoes. The little hippo replies "Oh, Daddy" and proceeds to leave his television watching to "show" his dad how to get dressed. Later in the story, he shows his dad how to eat carrots, get in the car, and water plants. It's quite a coincidence how the dad needs help at exactly the same time the family needs the little hippo to complete a task.
Oh, Daddy! would make a great introduction to inference for a primary class. I would ask questions to get students to infer why the dad is having so much trouble completing these tasks. It would also be interesting to see if students can make connections to their dads or granddads while reading this book. A possible writing extension would be to ask students to create a "Oh, Daddy" entry of something funny that their dad or uncle has done.
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