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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
A work-at-home dad is shocked to find an elephant in his bathtub when he goes to take a morning bath. Then he finds a gorilla sitting on the kitchen counter, a camel in the study, a cobra in the bedroom window and so many other animals scattered about the house. It’s a zoo! Each new animal is majestically marched down the hall, “to your bedroom.” When the little boy arrives home from school, and leans his ear against his bedroom door, Dad proudly announces that “Your animal friends are all in there waiting.”
Connie Bowman’s picture book story, There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub, is a charming exploration of the wild animal kingdom. Each animal is introduced with a feeling of surprise. The dad is certainly surprised at what he discovers and to find them where he does. He describes each animal in great detail, making the reader believe in these animals and learn something unique about them. Like the big tusks on the elephant, it’s a wonder he actually fitted in the bathtub. And the bear eating from the box of cereal in the kitchen cupboard. The colorful illustrations help lead the story along and the reader has to chuckle as each new animal is led away, with Dad’s kind words, “Come along, dearie.” This is a great story to introduce young readers to the animal kingdom and to have a little fun along the way.