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Time for a bath
New York, NY : Sterling Children's Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 cm
General Note:
Cover title.

On board pages.
No matter what kind of messes a little bunny experiences through the day, bath time makes things fresh and new.
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Spring, summer, autumn, and winter: bath time is all year round! In this follow-up to Time for a Hug --now available in a sturdy board edition--little bunny goes through the year splashing in puddles, rolling in grass and dirt, dripping a banana split, doing art projects, and more. This sweet story shows young readers it's OK to get grimy--because it's always time for fun in the bath!

Author Notes

Phillis Gershator has written many picture books for children, including When It Starts to Snow (Henry Holt), Listen, Listen (Barefoot Books), and Time for a Hug (Sterling). Phillis worked as a children's librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library and the St. Thomas/St. John Department of Education. She lives with her husband and frequent coauthor, David, in the US Virgin Islands. For more information about Phillis, see phillisgershator.com.

David Walker is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including Before You Were Mine (Putnam), Time for a Hug (Sterling), and Bears on Chairs (Candlewick) to name a few. When not walking his dogs or laughing with his kids, he can be found painting in his studio in Chapel Hill, NC. To see more of David's work, please visit his website at davidwalkerstudios.com.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Rhyming text and bright illustrations take readers through seasonal toddler fun and messes with a mother rabbit and her offspring. Enjoying everything from a muddy spring garden and a sunny day at the beach to fall leaves and winter days spent indoors painting, the little bunny plays, explores, and gets really dirty. The refrain, "What time is it?/Time for a bath!" transitions the youngster into the tub for bubbly fun. The charming, soft-focus illustrations are perfect for the audience, and the simple and rhythmic text invites participation. A nice choice for preschool read-alouds or one-on-one sharing.-Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The two bunnies from Time for a Hug return in a bath-themed sequel, which aims to establish a cause-and-effect relationship in readers' minds: playing and mess-making are great, but getting cleaned up afterward is part of the deal. The smaller tan bunny takes several baths in the story, the first of which occurs after a pancake breakfast that leaves the kitchen in disarray ("Spills and spatters, goop and grit./ Fill the tub-What time is it?"). Various seasonal escapades-a summer trip to the beach, outdoor play in spring and autumn, and a messy day of painting indoors in winter-also result in baths, all of which the bunny submits to happily. Walker's soft paintings underscore this mood of positivity, highlighting the small bunny's independence (but also its loving relationship with its parent) in every scene. Ages 3-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

From morning until night, throughout the year, a little bunny gets messy, sandy, and muddy: "What time is it? / TIME FOR A BATH! / Splash and squirt. / Rub-a-dub-dub. / Good-bye dirt." Simple rhymes reinforce the playful rhythm of the rabbit's busy days. Soft, pastel-colored illustrations show parent and child engaged in homey or seasonal activities, from making pancakes to tracking ants. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Gershator and Walker's bunnies from Time for a Hug (co-authored by Mim Green, 2013) return to explore the seasons and reasons for bathtime. With the same tender affection between the two rabbits found in the first book, the parent-and-child pair makes its way through the seasons, with lots of opportunities for mess. "Dig a hole, / plant a pit, / water and weed / What time is it? // Time for a bath!" The seasons fly by, illustrations showing the little bunny playing in a spring garden, having ice cream on a summer beach, making a mud pie at a fall playground and painting on a winter day. The rhyming story finishes each vignette with the refrain, "What time is it?" Children will quickly chime in: "Time for a bath!" In this household, bathtime is a good time to make things fresh and new again. The gray parent bunny is watchful and loving, receiving the reward of a towel-wrapped, worn-out little one, peacefully drifting off to sleep. Walker's soft tones and engaging full-page spreads spill over with gentleness. Although the cadence is occasionally bumpy, and seasons may be conceptually more difficult to understand than time, the familiar pattern and loving characters still charm. Will the book convince a child that bathtime is a happy time? It won't take many reads to get them to want to try and find out. (Picture book. 2-4) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

From sandy toes in summer to mucky mud pies in fall, the parent and child first seen in Time for a Hug (2012) are back getting messy throughout the four seasons. As the two endearing rabbits cook in the kitchen, plant in the garden, and paint at home, they pair their constant good times with a whole variety of messes. Each gentle rhyming vignette ends with the refrain: What time is it? Time for a bath! The little one never complains about taking a bath; indeed, an abundance of bubbles and toys keep the bunny happy and busy. Then Rub-a-dub-dub once out of the tub for the last go-round, it's time for bed. Soft, muted colors create a cozy and inviting scene, while the square format is perfect for young audiences. A splendid and splashy choice for storytime or individual lap reading.--Mazza, April Copyright 2015 Booklist