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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Zinny always finds reasons not to wash her hands and she finds excuses like she had just washed her hands or her hands were not that dirty. Her parents always tell her to wash her hands before eating, when she gets home from the playground, before eating and drinking, when she went to pee, and when she went to poo. Her friends at school and her teachers, and when she went to the doctor's office, also said the same thing. Everyone was against her idea of washing her hands once in the morning and being done with it or maybe once in the evening. Her best friend Chloe went down with a stomach bug and Zinny noticed Chloe was washing her hands more often when she got back to school. Chloe told her though she could not see the germs on her hands they were there and that is how she fell sick. Zinny decided to join Choe and started to wash her hands often, and together they encouraged their friends to do the same.
Must I Wash My Hands!? by Olivia and Rinnah Maduabuchi is an adorable story that highlights the importance of washing hands to kids. Abidi and Solati bring the concept alive with their wonderful illustrations and give clarity to it. Question Time is a good way to pull young readers into the story and make them reflect on the concept of washing hands and why it is important. The book is good for parents and tutors to read out loud to kids to increase their awareness of taking care of themselves by regularly washing their hands so that they stay healthy. The story is also about developing healthy habits, how friends can influence positively, and staying safe.