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Author: Kate McMullen

Illustrator: Janie Bynum

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Publisher: Little Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: After a full day of playing outside, it's time for everyone's bath. We follow along with four children of different hues who get their time in the tub! This is a book that uses humor to help children who fear taking a bath, as well as those who love the water so much they jeopardize their safety.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, interactive reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 6; 8 to 10

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Young Reader Reaction: none provided by this reviewer

Adult Reader Reaction: I am prejudiced for anything with a blues beat but I have to think everyone will love the CD that comes with the book. It isn't long--just a few minutes--but the words will be easily memorized by youngsters and the beat irresistible.

Pros: The lively illustrations will entertain youngsters too young to follow along with or read the words. And the words! Well, you just know there must be a song to go with them; they are metered and we know we are getting "down and dirty (to) sing the bathtub blues."

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Use this book to divert the kids from their fears or for focusing them on the job at hand. This is a book/CD combination any parent will love.


Educational Themes: In addition to helping kids deal with fear or remember safety first, it's a nice way to introduce the idea of music as a cure-all for one's fears.

Notes: Award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson contributed this review. Book comes with CD

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, music, poetry, family, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2005

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