by Michelle Robinson; illus by Kate Hindley
32 pages; ages 3-8
Henry Holt & Co, 2014
It's the first day of spring - so it's probably time to wash your mammoth.
Theme: tackling a big project
"Does your woolly mammoth need a bath? You'll need to prepare!" This book offers a cheeky step-by-step guide to washing a woolly mammoth:
Step 1. Fill the bathtub.
Step 2. Add bubble bath.
Step 3. Add your mammoth.... and this is where the fun begins. Because, really, how does one get one's mammoth into the tub?
Never fear - by step 7 we're washing its hair. And then in step 8 we - wait a minute! How did your mammoth get into that tree? Never mind... to get a wet woolly mammoth down from a tree all you need is a trampoline. A really strong trampoline.
What I like about this book: It's fun! It's imaginative. And it offers
Activities beyond the book:
Listen to what a mammoth may have sounded like - as an artist tries to resurrect extinct sound.
Write step-by-step directions for how to do something - wash a car, build a fort, create a map of your universe - or just make a s'more.
Today's review is part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. Review copy provided by publisher.