La fiesta del baño/A Bath Time Party

Beascoa. (Grandes Pasitos/Big Baby Steps). Jun. 2023. 24p. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9788448863685. SP.
Toddler-PreS–A young mermaid celebrates her birthday by giving everyone a bath. In this sweet book, Marena enumerates all of the items that took a bath with her for her birthday, ranging from her mom and sunflower to a shark and feces. The text follows the same pattern throughout. The preschooler mentions two things that were bathed in celebration of her birthday, asks a question about whether another item, like ice cream, a circle, or square, also took a bath. When she receives the affirmative from an unseen speaker, an image of the aforementioned item appears on the next page (often sporting a bath towel). The digital illustrations look penciled in, with a limited use of color and lots of white space. The charming and sometimes odd text will elicit giggles and possibly shrieks. The rhyming lines have the potential to lead to call and response.
VERDICT Highly recommended to shelve with other silly bathtime reads; ideal for little ones who need to be coaxed into the nightly ritual.

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