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Wash, Scrub, Brush (Concept Books (Albert Whitman)) Hardcover – March 1, 2001
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PreS-K-The authors skillfully cover basic grooming and hygiene within a story framework. When several children receive party invitations, readers follow them as they get ready for the event, beginning with a nail cleaning and finishing up with a hair wash (and in one case, a mother removing lice). The youngsters arrive at the party spruced up but by the end of it they all look like they will need another round of "wash, scrub, brush." While explaining how children get clean, the author also describes in asides how animals groom themselves, sometimes with the assistance of other creatures. The book concludes with a head-to-toe review of keeping clean and a glossary of key terms with page references. The informative, colorful full-page and spot-art pencil-and-watercolor illustrations convey the light tone of the text and show both fathers and mothers tidying up their children.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5-8. If the scare tactics here don't get kids to clean up, nothing will. Using an invitation to a party as a spur, the book outlines personal hygiene, including cleaning fingernails (kids are told nails harbor more harmful germs and bacteria than a toilet seat), brushing teeth ("smell that doggy breath!"), and washing and brushing hair (dandruff and lice are unflinchingly discussed). How animals clean themselves (children will learn that only sloths need to be dirty) makes an amusing counterpoint throughout. Kids find out that African oxpeckers eat the earwax of zebras, and a Komodo dragon's nails are so filthy that a single scratch from them is deadly. The illustrations, crowded with happy kids sprucing up, are bright and lively, keeping the book from becoming too didactic. A glossary of useful words is appended. Connie Fletcher
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