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Once Upon a Bathtime
By authors: Vi Hughes, Sima Elizabeth Shifrin
Selling Points: bedtime, bathtime, storytime, family life, fairy tales
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: Feb/01/2011
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Price:  $17.95
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The tub bubbles over with fairy tales as a little girl gets ready for bed with her favorite toys. This tender story is illustrated with Sima Elizabeth Shefrin's beautiful collages and is sure to become a nightly bedtime ritual.
School Library Journal - June 1, 2011
"This picture book is told in simple, elegant verse and illustrated with paper-cut collage artwork...The illustrations are lively and playful as well, with the figures varying in size and scale from page to page. Nothing is exact or consistent, giving the art a naïve, folk-art look and feel. This lovely book may be best suited for one-on-one sharing and close inspection. Many children will relate to these bath rituals and want to share their thoughts while reading."
Resource Links - December 1, 2010
"A tender story...This book is an affirmation of a common bedtime ritual for many children. It also provides a model to parents who have not adopted this habit...The text is poetic and the collage illustrations are clean and attractive...I recommend Once Upon a Bathtime for purchase by public libraries, preschools, and daycares."
Toronto Star - September 24, 2010
"Hughes weaves the familiar language of fairy tales with parents' care in a serene, comfortable poem in which repetition stresses affection…[A] child-like simplicity suffuses both art and text."



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