EXCITING NEWS! Bathtime Fun! has received a 4/5 star – Highly Recommended – Review in CM: Canadian Review of Materials, a weekly online publication featuring reviews of books and other materials that are authored, illustrated, and/or published by Canadians and that are produced for/or interest to children and adolescents. CM’s reviewers are teachers, teacher-librarians, public librarians, and university professors who have an interest and expertise in materials for juveniles.
Read the full review at https://www.cmreviews.ca/node/2483. Here is an excerpt from this in-depth review:
“The young child featured in Bathtime Fun! takes a ride on his/her imagination with a toy tugboat in the bathtub. The child envisions meeting up with creatures from the sea and beyond. He/she discovers a tiger, a snake, a giant squid, an octopus, apes, monkeys, a bat, a parakeet, seals, whales, eels, fish, and a hippo stuck in the mud.
In addition to the animals, the child also dreams up some exotic locales. In one place, the trees grow lollipops, candy canes, and other treats. He/she is hanging out in jungles with the monkeys and beautiful exotic fruits or riding a whale’s tail in the ocean, surrounded by colourful aquatic creatures. The satisfying bathtime is followed up by a kiss and a good story before the child falls asleep in bed.
The full-page full-colour illustrations are exquisite. They support the text with vivid colours, while, at the same time, they let the reader know that the scene is imaginary. Elements from reality are cleverly interspersed within the pictures. For example, there is a shower curtain in the surfing scene, and the waterfall in another picture originates from a water faucet.
The text is written in poetic format with the three line stanzas having an AAB rhyme scheme.
Teachers and caregivers can use Bathtime Fun! to talk about poetry and imagination. Young children will enjoy reading the story or having the story read to them. They will be familiar with comforting routines described in the book.