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My Little Girl
by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas
Children - Preschool
32 Pages
Reviewed on 09/03/2009

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My Little Girl by Tim McGraw is a delightful book. This is the story of a little girl eagerly awaiting a special day with her daddy. She is disappointed that he has nothing “special” planned. The two enjoy the duck pond and the old tire swing. The day ends with smiles and I love yours.

This book has such an important message. Ordinary days can be special. I see so many parents, especially single fathers, trying to plan something “special” when all their child really wants is undivided attention.

Tim McGraw is multitalented. Well done Mr. McGraw.

 

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Krista
I loved this book! The story was just precious and a fun read with my daughter. It's about a daddy-daughter date, which I'm a FIRM believer in. If anything, every DAD should read this and see just how much your little girl needs time with you and how precious it can be! The illustrations are wonderful, the colors bright and vibrant, and my daughter says her favorite part is at the end when the daddy was tucking his daughter into bed. That, and the part about the bunnies!

My only comment on the story is that it was a little segmented. I think for little kids, and heck, us adults too, we need transition. "After lunch, they..." vs. just skipping to the middle of the next activity. I think both my daughter and myself were confused when we turned the page and were smack dab in the middle of a different scene.

It's DEFINATELY not a deal breaker, and I would still buy it because, again, the message is great and my daughter still asks for me to reread it.

And to you daddy's out there, good grief go and have a date with your daughter! They need it, and so do you!

 

L. Miles
This children's book was written by country music star Tim McGraw and songwriter Tom Douglas, with a foreward by McGraw's wife Faith Hill. It's about a dad who spends the day with his daughter doing simple activities -- finding shapes in clouds, swinging on a tire swing, etc. They are activities that become special because they do them together. The book focuses on the love between a father and his daughter. It clearly sends a message that the time we spend with family is important and even the simplest of activities can become cherished memories.

What I loved:

1) The book shows a father doing everyday things with his child. The message -- you don't have to spend huge amounts of money to show your love. Giving children materials things isn't nearly important as giving them your time and showing them the beauty of the world around them.

2) Even though this book is about fathers and daughters, they didn't forget Mommy. At the end of the book, the father and daughter thank God and say a prayer for Mommy. Again, it just reinforces the love of a family. In a family, everyone is important and cherished.

3) The final page is a blank page for a father and daughter to write about their own special times together. What a neat activity for a father and daughter to do together!

4) And finally, I love the illustrations. They are very sweet and feminine.

What could be improved:

You can tell that the authors are songwriters. The manuscript reads more like song lyrics at times, and that can feel a bit choppy in places. Of course, this made no difference to my 4-year old -- she understood the story and enjoyed it. But it was something an adult would notice.

My husband and I love books that reinforce just how special children are. This one certainly does. I can always tell a book has hit a home run when my husband and I tear up reading it. Our love for our daughter brings out our emotions and we were both very emotional reading this book with our child.

 

Garyn M. Branger
My first book review for Thomas Nelson Publishing is the children's book written by Tim McGraw, "My Little Girl". This is a sweet picture book for fathers and daughters and is a nice early reader for those children maybe just a bit more advanced than a level 1 reader. However, it is a great bedtime story book for dads to read to their daughters. The illustrations are beautiful and the book has a great message about dads spending quality time with their daughters doing 'nothing-in-particular'. It is definitely one of those books I could easily have seen reading to my daughter many nights in a row. While I believe it will be a big draw for fans of Tim McGraw, this book speaks to all dads of daughters.
From a critical viewpoint I think the story starts out kind of odd, that is it feels like it could have started by stating what the story was about, spending the day with daddy. Yes it sort of says this, but it is not written very well. It feels uncomfortable when you read it. There is also a spot where they are spelling words from their vegetable soup that seemed out of place. I got the message and it was used well later, but again it felt a bit disjointed. These things wouldn't prevent me from purchasing for a friend because the message and the pictures are wonderful.

 

Brandy R. Ferrell
Got this from my daughter to my husband for Father's Day. Such a cute book, he loved it! :)

 

Araidna Mcknight
This is a Great Book to buy a child for Christmas or for a birthday present. It is an excellent book.

 

Robin Lee Hatcher
As the mother of two girls who were once my "little" girls and as the grandmother of three girls, two of whom are still "little," I loved reading this book. I look forward to giving it to the littlest one for Christmas. This children's story is a great reminder of the importance of parents -- and especially dads -- giving time to their children, far more important than any "thing" we might give them. If there is a little girl in your family, My Little Girl by Tim McGraw would be a good book to put on your shopping list.

 

L. Harvey
My Little Girl is a picture book co-authored by country music star Tim McGraw and song writer Tom Douglas, and illustrated by Julia Denos. Also included is a forward by McGraw's wife, Faith Hill. The story is about a little girl, Katie, who is so excited because her dad told her they were going to spend the day together, just the two of them, and they would have a "spectacular day". Katie spends time preparing for any eventuality - a ball, a trip to Africa - and is ready with her boots and tiara. When daddy calls to her and tells her they are doing "nothing in particular", Katie is very upset. (The facial expression on this page is classic, I have seen this look hundreds of times from my three little girls) They begin their ordinary day, but pretty soon that nothing in particular day turns out to be wonderful.

The watercolor illustrations in this book are really quite wonderful, especially the color palette, and the adorable little girls face, you just want to pick her up and give her a big squeeze. And the hound dog, which follows daddy and daughter on all of their adventures, is posed so deliciously. It never seems like the illustrators get enough credit, when they are the ones who do the most work, and really set the feel of the book. The story is very sweet, and the message is a good one: that spending time with family is what counts, not what you do together. There is a space at the back of the book to write your own daddy and daughter special moments, and the beginning of the book has a place to write to and from and the date. This would be a good gift for fathers looking for something to buy for their daughters.

The only place I felt this book fell short was in the writing. It did not flow very well, and jumped from event to event with no lead-in. But, writing a children's picture book is different than writing song lyrics. I suppose that when you are writing a song there is less call for details and fleshing out of a story. The body and idea of the story were sound enough. My children did not love this book. They were excited to receive it, and looked through it, asking me to read it immediately. But they have not asked me to read it again, which I found rather surprising.

 

J. Oakes
Recently I received the book My Little Girl by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas in the mail. What a great book to be able to cuddle up and read to my daughter before she goes to bed tonight. The illustrations are my favorite part of the whole story. Each page is bright and very eye catching. Which is perfect when your audience is not even two-years-old yet.
The story itself is sweet. It is about a little girl who gets to spend the whole day with her dad. A very special father daughter day. The little girl has big dreams about what they might do on their day. As it turns out, though, her father has nothing in particular planned. At first the little girl is disappointed, but soon learns that just being with each other is special in and of itself.
There is a special page at the end of the book where you can sit down with your child and write about a special moment you shared with a parent. I can't wait for my daughter to be a little older so that we can pick out a special moment to write about.
I think what makes me love this book are two things. One I want my daughter to remember special moments that she shares with both me and my husband, especially when my husband has to go away on long deployments. Two I like the message that it doesn't take a bunch of money or material things to make a day or even a moment special.
If you have a little girl, I would highly recommend this book. I think it would be a really sweet gift for a daddy to get his little girl and give it to her on a special father/daughter day.

 

Rhonda "Nana's Notes"
My Little Girl by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas is a winner-it truly deserves ten stars!
What a perfect book for fathers and daughters to read together. The well written story catches you from the beginning with print in ice cream colors and real life illustrations-no perfect little princess here! Katie's choice of apparel and pig-tailed hairdo are exactly what a modern day princess would look like. Kudos to the illustrator Julia Denos.

I love the part of the story with Katie's phrase "love you more". It's such a simple little phrase, yet so meaningful. " Love you more" is what my granddaughter always ends her good-byes with whether on the phone or in person. I also liked bedtime with Katie's daddy telling a real life story where Katie gets to add the story parts she knows .

As a former kindergarten teacher each student in my class made "An Important Book" about the fun things they did with their parents. Almost always they remembered moments plain and simple just like the things Katie and her dad did in the book. I would have loved sharing this book with my students to help spark their writings and illustrations.

The greatest gift you can give a child is time spent one-on-one, experiencing the things you do together. Hats off to Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas for reminding us that kids only need spending time with a parent to create lasting memories. It's a must-have book for every daddy with a little girl.

 

Kmom3
I just finished reading My Little Girl by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas to my three girls, ages 3, 2, and 1. It was the kind of book I expected from a celebrity author that depended more on the name to sell the book than the content. However, despite my disappointment with the story line, I must give kudos to the illustrator, Julia Denos. The illustrations were GORGEOUS and MADE the book, in my opinion. Denos' use of vivid colors and expressive faces brought the characters to life and made me fall in love with little Katie, for she reminded me of the adorable faces my own daughters wear.

As far as the story line goes, it was strangely disjointed. It jumped from one day to another and one scene to another without logical transition. I had to check several times, thinking I had skipped a page as I was reading it aloud. The IDEA behind the story, however, is a beautiful one, of a daughter and daddy spending the day together, just enjoying each other's company.

So... did my daughters enjoy the book? Because my girls are so young, they're much more interested in the story the pictures tell anyway, so they liked examining the illustrations and asking questions about the dog:)
       
 
 
 
 
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