By Loretta Saladino
To all the water police out there, I have a confession to make. I have allowed my son to take up to three baths…in one day. Yes I know, it is just not right. My four year old son is a “water baby.” He loves the water, it changes things up, relaxes him and gives him a reason to use his goggles, fill up his measuring cups and squirt water out the window with the turkey baster. So when I told him I wanted to tell him a story about animals that take baths without water, he was really surprised.
“A bath without water, that’s silly!”
So wrapped in a towel and practically turned to a prune, Oliver and I delved into the curious story of Desert Baths by Darcy Pattison with beautifully saturated illustrations by Kathleen Rietz. The first “bath” being a sunbath. Oliver related instantly, as he likes to lay in sun patches that find their way on his big boy bed. Oliver was fixed on the idea that animals want to be clean, and I was pleased when he was able to read some of the clearly written, bold-lettered words.
By the middle of the book, we were both very happy when the animals found a way to get themselves clean. The handsome roadrunner, the nurturing mule deer and resourceful scaled quail. Each page is so beautifully illustrated, feathers and scales and cactus needles wrap each page with magnificent color and visual texture. The book unfolds from sunrise to sunset and well into the night. We felt like we were happening on the javelina during their moonlight bath in the…”thick, cool mud.” It conjured up fun mud puddles ideas for Oliver.
After reading the story we talked about how little water exists in the desert, and how the animals adapted by taking waterless baths. I also told Oliver that we could only take one bath per day so that we could conserve water, because we live in a desert climate too. He was concerned that if he took a bath and then took a mud bath, that he would be dirty. We laughed. I guess two baths would be in order then.
Published by Sylvan Dell Publishing, I would recommend Desert Baths for it’s lesson, for a relaxing story that is lyrical in nature, and for it’s plentiful, colorful and expressive illustrations. There is also a educational resource in the back of the book that is perfect for curious minds.
Loretta Saladino is a mommy of two active and adorable children, an interior designer, and owner of Rise and Shine Art.
Image courtesy of Sylvan Dell Publishing.
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