From the first page, this book is simply precious. My Little Girl was written by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas and is based on the popular country song performed by Tim McGraw.
The story opens with a young girl, Katie, preparing for a "spectacular" day, just her and her daddy. She imagines an African safari and an elegant ball and dresses for both occasions. But her daddy has a different day planned: a trip to the co-op. At first Katie is disappointed, but soon she decides a simple day of cloud watching and duck dancing can be spectacular, too -- as long as she's with her daddy. Before bed Daddy tells a story to show how much he loves his little girl and her mother. Then Katie gives thanks to God for her mama and daddy.
The illustrations by Julia Denos are sweet and whimsical with lots of color.
The back of the book offers a place for readers to write their own "love you more" stories between fathers and daughters.
What I Like: The story is a lesson much needed in today's families: it doesn't matter what we do as long as we do it together. I love the illustrations! This is already one of my daughter's favorite books.
What I Dislike: Nothing. Some have complained about the flow of the text. Because it is based on a song, the text is definitely lyrical, but I felt that added to the story.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Age Appeal: 4-8
Publisher Info: Thomas Nelson, 2008; ISBN: 140031321X; Hardback; $16.99