PreS-A photo essay/concept book. As young Jenna hides from her parents at bathtime, Miller introduces prepositions such as ``behind,'' ``under,'' ``between,'' and ``around'' by highlighting them in boldface type as she describes the action. A clear, uncluttered full-color photograph appears on each page, with the text on the verso surrounded by white space. The pleasing page design and home scenes and the spare, simple narrative will make the book accessible to most preschoolers. Jenna's playful game, as she sheds one article of clothing at each new hiding place in preparation for her bath, will delight them. Best suited to one-on-one sharing, this title could be also combined with Harriet Ziefert's Harry's Bath (Bantam, 1990) and Diana White's No Bath for Boris (Dutton, 1990; o.p.) for story time.-Emily Kutler, Summit Free Public Library, NJ
Because Miller's great photos tell a good story all by themselves, this is one of those wonderful books that little ones will want to "read" on their own. But Miller delivers more than a plot children can follow in pictures. She's actually out to introduce basic spatial relationships and the prepositions that demonstrate them--words like above", under", and between". Her narrative, presented in large, clear type, describes a little girl named Jenna on her way to a bath. In a hide-and-seek game that will strike a delightfully familiar chord among kids, Jenna happily leads her mother on a merry chase, leaving a colorful trail of clothing, on, behind, under, and between. Coming upon her father and baby brother, Jenna pauses to chat--just long enough for her mother to catch up. The book design has been thoughtfully accomplished: photos are frequently framed in coordinating colors; the uncluttered scenes make following Jenna's playful antics easy; and the warm tones and the unaffected poses of the family invite cozy lap sharing. The result is an enchanting concept book that presents kids not only with a clear understanding of new ideas, but also with a view of a loving home.