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|Author: Maxine Rose Schur
Illustrator: Michael S. Maydak
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95 | Hardback • $16.95
Humorous rhymes and magical illustrations illuminate the lives and careers of little-known animals. There’s a loris in your chorus? He’s quite a singer! Care to play bingo with a dingo? Watch out, he’s a sharp one. A babirusa in your bathtub? Better leave him there – he loves water! A variety of witty, lively poems makes learning about these unsung animals fun – and fun to imitate by writing similar poems about well-known animals.
Care to read the poem and description Maxine wrote for an animal that never made it into the book? A Chapter that Might Have Been.
- 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year (Silver Award)
- iParenting Media Award
“Glossy spreads introduce 13 exotic animals including the civet, dingo, hagfish, and okapi. A funny, fanciful poem about the creature, illustrated with an anthropomorphic painting, is presented on the left-hand side along with several brief paragraphs of factual information. An attractive, realistic painting depicting the critter in its natural habitat appears on the right. The book ends with a list of hidden objects for readers to find in the main illustrations and engaging enrichment activity ideas for teachers. Though not in-depth, the text is lively and interesting, and the poems (some of which take liberties with spelling and grammar) are fun to share aloud. The intermingling of fact and fancy makes this a good book for helping children to differentiate between science and literature. A supplemental purchase.”
— School Library Journal (July 2009)
“Is there a loris in your chorus? Have you ever played bingo with a dingo? In this book you?ll meet little-known animals with habits as odd as their names. The poems, descriptions, and fantastic facts awaken children’s curiosity, and they activities promote reading and comprehension.”
— Learning Magazine (Fall 2009)
There’s a Babirusa in My Bathtub is an amazingly clever book that I will use repeatedly in my classroom. There are endless possibilities for this book which focuses on lesser known creatures around the world.
This is a book to read aloud again and again. Lessons on geography, fluency, vocabulary, poetry, and more are creative extensions that can stem from this beautifully illustrated book. One of the features that I was thrilled to see included was the pronunciation guide which is helpful not only for students but teachers as well! The authors included nine superb teacher ideas in the back of the text (a feature which I, as a teacher, truly appreciated). The students will love the humor, large and colorful illustrations, and fabulous fact section. This book is a true treasure!
— NSTA Recommends – Tracy Alley (December 2009)