Time for a Bath
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Price at time of review: $12.99
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston, MA
ISBN: 9780547250373

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

The unusual topic of this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book—how animals clean themselves—will fascinate the youngest readers or listeners; it has a naturally authentic link to their own lives. But it provides the basis for discussions with older elementary students as well. Whether they bathe in the rain or get help from ants, the adaptations that these species use to maintain their health also link them to diverse habitats around the world.

Leading students to an understanding of biodiversity through the authentic and relevant topic of bathing is a great way to insure their interest. Creative double–page drawings will attract that younger audience. Both parts of the dual–level text might be read aloud, or the teacher might use the full column background material on adaptations and the extra facts in the appendix for personal background. Even middle level students will find discussions of the survival advantages of traits like the vulture's bald head enlightening! This is a book to share to begin a topic or to extend concepts through personal reading from elementary through middle school.

Review posted on 1/20/2012

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