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WASH YOUR HANDS! (Little Princess Books) Paperback – March 1, 2006
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The Little Princess is constantly being reminded to wash her hands-after playing outside, frolicking with the dog, using the potty, and sneezing. After questioning why, she is told that germs and nasties can get in her food and make her sick. She accepts the reasoning graciously and washes her hands before having cake. Ross uses lighthearted text and funny, expressive cartoons to emphasize the importance of good hygiene. Without being didactic, he shows the benefits of clean hands-and the downside of the opposite. Colorful germs and nasties enhance the pages without scaring young children. Useful and entertaining.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Colorful germs and nasties enhance the pages without scaring young children. Useful and entertaining." --- School Library Journal
Top customer reviews
I received my copy of this great book in the mail today, and my kinderkids are going to love it! It's the story of a little princess who is constantly being told "Wash your hands!" The princess is playing outside in the mud ("The little princess LOVED getting dirty!") and comes inside to eat a piece of cake. Her mother, the Queen, stops her and says "Wash your hands before you eat that." "Why?" asks the little princess. "Because you've been playing outside."
The little princess dutifully washes her hands, then stops to dance with the dog and cat on the way to the kitchen. Next the cook tells her to wash her hands, and of course the little princess asks why. This is repeated several times, with delightful illustrations, to remind the little princess (and all the children who will hear and enjoy this story) that she needs to wash her hands after playing with animals, using her potty, playing outside, and sneezing.
A humorous discussion of "germs and nasties" follows, and the little princess learns that if she doesn't wash her hands, the germs and nasties "can get into your food, and then into your tummy ... and then they make you ill."
Like Tony Ross' other books ("I Want My Potty" and "I Want to Be"), this one will be a big hit with my students while sharing an important message in a way they'll enjoy and remember.
As a painless reminder for young readers, Little Princess demonstrates the routine. Each time she is told to wash, the curious tot asks why, and each circumstance is briefly explained. After Little Princess plays outside, the Queen intercepts her reach for cake with instructions to wash because she got dirty outside. She cavorts with her dog and cook makes her wash and dry them again. She uses her potty and the King has her wash even though she's ALREADY washed them twice before, Finally, the maid has her wash after she sneezes and, in riotous illustrations, gives her a dramatic overview of dealing with `germs and nasties' to avoid getting ill. Following all the hand washing repetitions, Little Princess gets her cake, and through her example, young readers get the message.
I appreciated the message because he is told to wash his hands after he goes potty, after he pets the cat and after he comes in from outdoors--and of course, before eating. I think he liked this book because he could see that the princess had to wash her hands throughout the day just as he does!