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BATHING by Liesbet Slegers


by Liesbet Slegers, illustrated by Liesbet Slegers

Age Range: 1 - 2

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60537-092-7
Publisher: Clavis

Rub-a-dub-dub, see the tot in the tub.

A toddler narrates his bath-time fun and shows off the everyday materials used to rinse the suds along the way. Each spread highlights a specific product, often displayed with a sensory emphasis; “shampoo smells so sweet,” and the towel “is warm and cuddly.” Thumbnail images feature each individual item, and a full-page illustration shows it in context. Thick black lines describe the round-headed youngster; there’s no grime be found anywhere. The bubbly boy's voice hardly rings a false note. “This is the bathtub. Look, water is rushing out of the faucet!" Mom's hands remain the only adult presence, and the son unabashedly narrates the process throughout with genuine enthusiasm: “Look, I am taking off all my clothes!”  The child-centered perspective dominates each soapy step. Companion title Playing covers similar ground when toys capture his attention.

There’s not enough original content for an extended swim, but the slant on the senses encourages a dip nonetheless. (Board book. 1-2)