Bears in the Bath

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Splish! Splash! Sploosh! The adorable stars of Bears on Chairs and Bears in Beds are back, and they’re ready for bath time. Or are they?

Water, soap, and sponge are there. The bath is ready. Where are the bears?

The four little bears are grimy, dirty, and covered in mud! But when they see the bath and Big Brown Bear ready to scrub, they back away. "We don’t want a bath," they say. Will those grungy bears ever get in the tub? Whether bath time’s...

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Overview

Splish! Splash! Sploosh! The adorable stars of Bears on Chairs and Bears in Beds are back, and they’re ready for bath time. Or are they?

Water, soap, and sponge are there. The bath is ready. Where are the bears?

The four little bears are grimy, dirty, and covered in mud! But when they see the bath and Big Brown Bear ready to scrub, they back away. "We don’t want a bath," they say. Will those grungy bears ever get in the tub? Whether bath time’s a favorite time of day or a fraught one, this fun-to-read rhyming story and the silly antics of impossibly cute bears will make a splash with toddlers and parents alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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With large font and short phrases, each easy-to-read four-line stanza moves the story forward to its splashy conclusion. Children will be amused by the bouncy rhymes, which are easy for toddlers to grasp and eventually memorize. It’s nice to read strong verbs like smudge, trudge, scoop, wriggle and giggle in a book for toddlers, helping them build their vocabulary and adding interest for the adults who will no doubt read this many times. Splish! Splash! Everyone will look forward to a bath.
—Kirkus Reviews

The rhyming text is sing-songy and smooth... The subdued acrylic hues of the salmon pink, sky blue, soft yellow, tan, and light brown bears–and their resemblance to the kinds of simple, fuzzy bears used to decorate nurseries–create a childlike feel. The ample white space surrounding the bears allows children to focus on the cuddly critters. This is a sweet story for children to share with their grown-ups before bed or bath time.
—School Library Journal

This charming book will entice young children with its bright palette and energetic narrative. Parenteau’s rhymes flow smoothly and employ an impressive array of synonyms to describe the young bears’ lack of cleanliness. The sketchy illustrations are loose but uncluttered, nicely capturing the simple joys of bath time with their vibrant colors. A sweet addition to the bath-time genre.
—Booklist Online

Walker’s acrylic paintings make the bears as adorable and personable as ever, and Parenteau’s peppy descriptions of their in-the-tub antics ("They toss the bubbles./ They giggle and shriek") may persuade a few reluctant bathers to dive in.
—Publishers Weekly

Big Brown Bear wants to entice four "grimy" but stubborn cubs into the bath, and finds a wonderful way to accomplish his mission in this fresh twist on bathtime tales. ... David Walker uses acrylics like pastels, as he depicts an irresistible parade of toddler stand-ins tracking muddy paw prints hither and yon. ... Guaranteed to break down resistance to bathtime.
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Big Brown Bear has filled the tub in anticipation of bathing his four little cubs. He calls them inside. Floppy Bear is dusty and dirty; Fuzzy Bear is splattered with mud. Calico Bear is sweaty and Yellow Bear is stinky. None of the little bears want to take a bath. Big Brown Bear frantically tries to sweep them up in his arms, which he finally accomplishes with great effort. The next task is getting them into the tub. They wiggle and giggle and it just cannot be done. Now Big Brown Bear is dirty too. Being a clever bear, Big Brown Bear hops into the tub himself and splashes and has lots of fun. Like a magnet the cubs are drawn to the side of the tub. Yellow Bear is the first to jump in. He helps Big Brown Bear suds up his chin. Floppy, Fuzzy and Calico join the fun in the tub. Soon they are all clean. They dry their fur and now all five bears are clean again. Very sweet illustrations add to this loving story about bath time, which may be a struggle for some parents and kids. Reviewer: Kristin Harris; Ages 2 to 6.
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Big Brown Bear inspects his dirty brood, beginning when "The bath is ready." The four cubs, all in need of a good scrub, are introduced one at a time-Floppy, Fuzzy, Calico, and Yellow Bear-each with a couplet explaining why the bath is necessary. Despite the cobwebs, mud, and grime, the bears don't want to get in the water. Big Brown Bear chases them around the tub, and "SPLISH, SPLASH, SPLOOSH!" -he jumps in and the rest of them follow. The rhyming text is sing-songy and smooth, despite the forced feeling of the introductory "there" and "bears." The subdued acrylic hues of the salmon pink, sky blue, soft yellow, tan, and light brown bears-and their resemblance to the kinds of simple, fuzzy bears used to decorate nurseries-create a childlike feel. The ample white space surrounding the bears allows children to focus on the cuddly critters. This is a sweet story for children to share with their grown-ups before bed or bath time or to pair with Brett Helquist's Bedtime for Bear (HarperCollins, 2010).—Whitney LeBlanc, Staten Island Academy, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
These bears, returning in the third book in the series having conquered chairs and beds (Bears in Chairs, 2009; Bears in Beds, 2012), are in need of a bath. Jaunty rhyme is the order of the day as Big Brown Bear draws the bath for Floppy, Fuzzy, Calico and Yellow Bear. Each bear is quite filthy and in need of a bath. But before the bath, the bears have to do their traditional paw-dragging: "All four bears / back away. / ‘We don't want / a bath,' they say." Grungy little ones will laugh at the antics of these jolly bears, who outsmart Big Brown Bear only to join him in the tub for a huge communal bubble bath. Wide swaths of white space highlight the pastel-colored bears and allow toddlers to notice how every detail in the text is shown in the illustrations. With large font and short phrases, each easy-to-read four-line stanza moves the story forward to its splashy conclusion. Children will be amused by the bouncy rhymes, which are easy for toddlers to grasp and eventually memorize. It's nice to read strong verbs like smudge, trudge, scoop, wriggle and giggle in a book for toddlers, helping them build their vocabulary and adding interest for the adults who will no doubt read this many times. Splish! Splash! Everyone will look forward to a bath. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763664183
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 639,306
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Parenteau is the author of two other books about the bears as well One Frog Sang, illustrated by Cynthia Jabar. She says, "Getting grubby bears into the tub isn’t easy, but it’s fun!" Shirley Parenteau lives in Elk Grove, California.

David Walker has illustrated many children’s books, including the two previous bears books and Peep and Ducky by David Martin. He says, "What could be better than a bunch of bouncing baby bears in bubbles?" David Walker lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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