From the author of Goodnight Moon, this is the story of a very dirty little boy who tries to clean himself by imitating the bathing habits of animals. However, what works well for a bird, a pig, or a horse only makes a boy dirtier. In rhythmic prose accented by sly wit, this is an ideal read-aloud, illustrated with charming verve.·First published nearly 45 years ago, this classic story is now available as a picture book.
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Brown Wise is a Marshall Cavendish author.From Publishers Weekly:
This story, first published in Jack and Jill in 1939, feels dated now, despite a glossy treatment by Salerno (Chicken Chuck). The title character, sticky with jam and grit, appeals to his "big round mother" to give him a bath, but she is "so busy scrubbing white clothes" in a silver-gray washtub that she has no time to rinse him. So she tells him to "Run along, and see how the animals take their baths." The boy imitates a red bird splashing in a puddle and a yellow cat licking its paws, but each washing only leaves him dirtier; then his mother chastises him for not learning from the animals how to get clean. Brown's dialogue rings false, as when the child visits a pigpen ("Shoo, little pigs, take a bath so that this dirty little boy can learn how to get clean"). Elsewhere, the author sharply observes practical details, as when the bird shakes its feathers dry ("Whirrr") and the boy tries to currycomb himself, horse-style (the iron brush "just made white lines in the dirt on his leg"). Salerno styles the mother as a curvy giant compared to her petite blond son. The brusque, imposing woman, up to her elbows in suds, recalls the old-world model of motherhood rather than its sleek contemporary counterpart. The boy's experiment has modern relevance, but like Brown's posthumous Love Songs of the Little Bear (reviewed above) this work is not the author's best. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description Scholastic, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0439333016
Book Description Scholastic, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110439333016