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No bath for Boris
White, Diana.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, 1989.
Boris the little polar bear needs a lot of persuasion to take his bath.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Boris the little polar bear needs a lot of persuasion to take his bath.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Children who dawdle before and during bath time are bound to appreciate the antics of this young polar bear. Giving in to his mother's entreaties of extra ice cubes in the water and a fish lollipop afterward, Boris, along with his pet penguin, Peppermint, finally takes the plunge, enjoying a splashy game of snowball. Bath over, he indulges in plates full of fish sticks, igloo cake, and bearberry jam; but his playfulness is not over yet. Before going to bed with his cold-water bottle, the cocky bear decorates his mirror with Frostadent toothpaste: "BORIS IS THE BEST." The ending is somewhat abrupt, and the text is not always well placed on the large pages; however, White has drawn a most beguiling bear cub and fashions appropriate backgrounds with large brush strokes of cool iridescent colors, reminiscent of the sun reflecting off the ice. Tub time with an arctic touch. --Barbara Elleman

School Library Journal Review

A quiet book featuring a young bear who needs to be tempted into the bathtub by his mother (the bribe being a plate of fish sticks stacked as high as an iceberg), only to get so involved in his snowball tub game that he wants to splash all night. The illustrations, like the story, are sweet and soft: hazy-looking paintings of light, muted tones. Style is wonderfully evocative, simultaneously, of the cold arctic temperature and the gentleness of the bears. Young readers will be delighted to recognize their own bathtime behavior in Boris' routine. This familiar, cozy aspect is magnified by something human in the bears' countenances. Humor is often in evidence, as when Boris wants the bathroom window open so the snow can blow in. His mother drops ice cubes into the tub water, and the two faucets are ``cold'' and ``colder.'' Not many books trust preschoolers to get jokes like these--and this one guarantees that the jokes will be understood by providing such an accessible context. A pleasure to read and lovely to share. --Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.