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The fish is me : bathtime rhymes
Philip, Neil.
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A collection of poems about bathtime, by such authors as Aileen Fisher, Martin Gardner, Caryl Brahms, and John Drinkwater.
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Clarence Library PS595.B336 F57 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library PS595.B336 F57 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lackawanna Library PS595.B336 F57 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lake Shore Library PS595.B336 F57 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library PS595.B336 F57 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This bubbly book of bathtime verse is a must for every waterbaby. Neil Philip's joyous compilation for the very young features traditional rhymes as well as contemporary selections. Even kids who hate taking baths will be reaching for their rubber duckies and washcloths, inspired by the words of such poets as Carl Sandburg, Aileen Fisher, and Douglas Florian. Bright, colorful illustrations by Claire Henley perfectly complement the poems' delightful silliness.

Author Notes

Neil Philip is a writer, folklorist and poet. He is married to the artist Emma Bradford, and lives in the Cotswolds, England. Neil loves words, poetry, and the art of storytelling in all its forms. Among his many books are A Fine Anger, Victorian Village Life, The Cinderella Story, The Penguin Book of English Folktales, Mythology (with Philip Wilkinson), The Great Mystery, War and the Pity of War, The New Oxford Book of Childrens Verse, The Tale of Sir Gawain, Horse Hooves & Chicken Feet, and The Adventures of Odysseus. Neil has contributed to numerous journals, including The Times, and Signal: Approaches to Childrens Books, and has also written for stage, screen, and radio. His work has won numerous awards and honours, including the Aesop Award of the American Folklore Society and the Literary Criticism Book Award of the Childrens Literature Association.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Acclaimed anthologist Neil Philip switches here from his serious YA title War and the Pity of War (1998) to a splashing, sploshing collection of 18 bath-time nonsense verses for toddlers. Like the Mother Goose rhymes, these will hook children with the sounds of the words and the rhythm of the action. Along with verses about the fun of bath time's slippery soap and bubbling water, there are poems about kids who have had enough of all that cleanliness, including one boy in the mud who never washes whatever the weather ("it's only the dirt / that holds me together" ). The poets are from the U.S., England, Australia, and the Caribbean, and big, brightly colored pictures on every page express the universal delight of not being clean as well as the comfort of "steaming and dreaming" in the water. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers rub-a-dub-dub with The Fish Is Me: Bathtime Rhymes, selected by Neil Philip, illus. by Claire Henley. The squeaky clean volume contains works by the likes of Douglas Florian and Carl Sandburg, as well as traditional ditties (to wit: "Miss Susie had a baby,/ His name was Tiny Tim,/ She put him in the bathtub/ To see if he could swim"). Henley's mix of spot art and full-bleed paintings of happy, soaking-wet youngsters make bathtime look fun. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4-This sweet and breezy collection focuses on the ins and outs of bathtime. Some kids like baths, others don't; some use soap, others won't. In 18 short, energetic poems, the book covers experiences before, during, and after a soak in the tub. And while the downside is touched upon (soap in the eyes, the floor all wet), most of the verses are celebratory. While a diverse group of poets, such as Carl Sandburg, John Drinkwater, Aileen Fisher, and Grace Nichols, is represented, the consistent style and rich, textured colors of the paintings pull the collection together. Full-page illustrations mix with the vignettes. Light blues and purples accent each drawing. The kids, all round faced and squat, represent myriad racial roots, underlining the universality of wash-up time. Kids who have not been exposed to much poetry will find this collection easily accessible and thoroughly entertaining.- Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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