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THERE’S A BABIRUSA IN MY BATHTUB! by Maxine Rose Schur

THERE’S A BABIRUSA IN MY BATHTUB!

Fact and Fancy About Curious Creatures

By Maxine Rose Schur (Author) , Michael S. Maydak (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-58469-117-4
Publisher: Dawn Publications

A baker’s dozen of exotic animals are introduced in this intriguing title. Organized alphabetically from babirusa to Tasmanian devil, each double-page spread features a poem, a short expository text, a “fabulous fact” and a striking painting that includes a hidden object or objects mentioned in the poem or text. The inconsistent tone of the poetry—sometimes fanciful, sometimes descriptive—may confuse young readers and listeners. Each poem is illustrated with a humorous vignette of the animal, often clothed. Animal lovers are better served by the wealth of fascinating facts provided in the exposition. They will come away with some idea of where these animals can be found, what they eat and their usual behavior. Maydak’s detailed paintings show each animal in its habitat. The end matter includes a variety of comprehension, phonics and vocabulary activities that only a teacher could love, but no sources or suggested further reading. This entry in the Sharing Nature with Children series tries to do too much. Purchase only where the pictures will be appreciated. (Informational picture book. 5-9)