Off to see the sea

by Grimes, Nikki,

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Summary

From Children's Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon comes an adventurous bath time story.

Night has fallen and Mom and Dad need to get their little one in the tub. To make it more fun, Mom brings a magical adventure out at sea to life, where the faucet is a waterfall, a rubber ducky is a sea creature, and the splashing water is a raging sea! In their ocean journey, Mom and Dad manage to get their little one clean just in time to dock for bedtime.

"Children will delight... This ebullient account of a common childhood experience bursts with love and universal appeal."--Booklist, STARRED review

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The loving African American family from Grimes and Zunon's Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (2020) returns for another nighttime routine transformed through play and imagination. When the mother announces it's bath time, her young child runs and hides, only to be lured to the tub by the promise of bath-time magic. And just like that, the water pouring from the faucet becomes a waterfall and the child a swimmer in a "soft-scented sea." Children will delight as the young protagonist imagines all kinds of adventures during the bubble bath, from escaping monsters (a yellow rubber duckie) and diving deep beneath the sea to crashing through rough water in a tugboat (a toy from Daddy) and splashing against the waves created by busily kicking legs. Using several mediums--oil and acrylic paint, cut-paper collage, gel pen, and marker--Zunon employs a layered approach to create vibrant illustrations that wonderfully blend realistic elements with those of the unfolding fantasy. The use of detail, from the softly drawn towel to the rainbow-slicked reflections of the main character in soap bubbles, creates evocative scenes that ping the senses. Grimes' language also contributes to the book's sensory effect, as words like slip-sliding, giggling, crash, and splash add to the story's joy and drama. This ebullient account of a common childhood experience bursts with love and universal appeal."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bath time becomes an opportunity for adventure and make-believe in this book by collaborators Grimes and Zunon (Bedtime for Sweet Creatures). In imagery-rich free verse by Grimes, a mother addresses her child: "Up and up I lift you/ till your toes leave the tile.../ slip-sliding into a soft-scented sea." Zunon renders the family of color naturalistically, with faces and bodies that appear three-dimensional. The figures move among cut-out forms of patterned paper that constitute the story's make-believe elements--a waterfall (the faucet's flow), crashing waves (which the child splashes up), undersea treasure (the tub plug), and more. A yellow rubber duck grows life-size: "Monsters straight ahead!" but there's time for observing, too--the shining bath bubbles carry "copies of your smile." The mother doesn't fuss about the waves her child makes; instead, she grabs the opportunity to shampoo "silky,/ wet curls." As the ocean adventure ends ("I sink my arm into the cooling waters of the raging sea"), the relationship between parent and child deepens through the imaginative possibilities offered by their everyday ritual. Ages 4--8. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Baths -- Juvenile fiction.
Imagination -- Juvenile fiction.
Mother and child -- Juvenile fiction.
Baths -- Fiction.
Imagination -- Fiction.
Mother and child -- Fiction.
Publisher Naperville, Illinois :2021
Contributors Zunon, Elizabeth, illustrator.
Audience Ages-up.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
ISBN 9781492638292
1492638293
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