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Volume V Number 7 . . . . November 27, 1998
Ms. Sneed's Guide to Hygiene.
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books (Distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books), 1997.
14 pp., cloth, $15.95.
Toy and movable books-Specimens.
Kindergarten - grade 4 / Ages 5 - 9.
Review by Irene Gordon.
The blurb on the back cover of this book says:
Through insightful tips, hilarious pop-ups, wacky
rhymes and bright, playful illustrations, Ms.
Sneed makes hygiene fun! This unforgettable
pop-up format will teach kids important
lessons, while the queen of hygiene keeps
them laughing all the way to the bathtub.
While this book may be of some value for children who need to learn the basic
rules of hygiene at school, there must be some better material on the topic. I
disagree with virtually everything that the blurb says. The following is an
example of the so-called humour and insightful tips:
Hygiene is, and I quote: "Conditions and
practices that contribute to health." In
other words, if you're brushin' your
choppers and blowin' your beak,
swabbing your spuds and scrubbin'
your skin, suddsin' your mane and
clippin' your claws, well then toots,
you're doing it!
While the garish colours and cartoon-like artwork may appeal to children, the
very simple pop-ups will almost certainly disappoint them. Why bother to
include pop-ups unless they provide a surprise or intricate details that could
not be so effectively shown any other way?
Irene Gordon of Headingley, Manitoba, is a free-lance writer and former
teacher-librarian who spent 14 years working in a junior high school library.
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