Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
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.
About the authors
Vi Hughes has been fascinated by the art of storytelling all her life. She is a writer and educator who teaches the importance of reading aloud to children, especially before bedtime. She lives in North Vancouver near her grandchildren who are her main advisors.
Sima Elizabeth Shefrin played as a toddler in the galleries of Italy, and has been creating art ever since. She is particularly interested in the ways artwork brings together people of different cultures. Her Middle East Peace Quilt is an international community art project that has been touring North America since 1999. Elizabeth commutes between Vancouver and Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Abby's Birds is her first book.
"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."
"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."
"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."
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