PreS-Gr 2-This mood poem captures the gentle pace of quiet days in the early 1900s. The light-toned watercolors evoke the ambience of summer days when Althea's bathwater is drawn from an outdoor pump into a metal washtub and left in the sun all day to warm up. After supper, the child puts on a black woolen bathing suit for her "summerbath" outside, under the stars. Winter shows her parents heating kettles of water over a wood stove. They hang up sheets in the kitchen for privacy for the little girl to bathe. For children interested in what life was like in great-great-grandma's day, this book is a simple poetic introduction. Pleasant, but not particularly exciting, it would be best enjoyed one-on-one, with time for discussion.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.