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TAKING A BATH WITH THE DOG by Scott Menchin

TAKING A BATH WITH THE DOG

and Other Things that Make Me Happy

By Scott Menchin (Author) , Scott Menchin (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: June 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2919-9
Publisher: Candlewick

Light and humorous, this is a sweet revelation of life’s simple and attainable joys. Seeing her young daughter in tears, Mom asks, “What would make you happy?” To which the youngster replies, “I don’t know.” The girl then begins to survey a variety of people and animals, always asking the same question, “What makes you happy?” and always receiving a unique answer. The dog replies, “Taking a bath!” The rabbit, however, loves the spinning wheel; one wild-haired lady enjoys playing with her crazy locks; the man on the bench finds happiness in stripes. All of this gets the round-faced girl to musing. With her newfound wisdom and her happiness rejuvenated, she can think of many, many things that make her smile. She recalls, among others, how much she likes making faces or staying up late. To striking effect, the illustrations contrast the characters painted in textured watercolors against a backdrop of one vivid color. This gladdening little read can act as a terrific impetus for adults and children to compare and list what brings them everyday happiness. (Picture book. 2-6)