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Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub
Funny Children's Poems About Self-Image
Leslie C. Halpern
Illustrated by Oral Nussbaum

Cricket Cottage Publishing
August 2012/ ISBN 9781478254751
Nonfiction—Children--ages 5-8

Reviewed by Willie Elliott

The review of Leslie C. Halpern's delightful children's book Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub was done a little different. On the way to a dance performance, we got the book from the mailbox and my wife, a former first-grade teacher, read the book to her sister and me as we drove to the dance site.

We laughed at the delightful poems inspired by the antics of the author's son, and my wife followed the usual routine by putting the illustrations in front of my face even though I was driving on Route 80.

We all agreed that the child-like illustrations by Oral Nussbaum fit the subject matter of the poems to a T.

The book also has material about self-image building and how to figure out words by context.

This would be an excellent book to show young writers that everyday subjects are excellent for subject matter of poems.

I hope the author is not upset with me, but I reported on Facebook that I had received a delightful children's book and quoted this poem:

On Baldness

My father's head
has no hair
My mother says
she doesn't care

They say it's passed
down through jeans
I wonder what
the heck that means.

Reviewed 2012