Are you looking for a fun and playful way to reading aloud and working on language and learning? Check out this witty and engaging book, Walrus In The Bathtub written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Matt Hunt.
What would happen if you moved into a new house and had to live with a walrus in your bathtub? What is this family going to do? The author takes the reader through the “best” and “worst” things about their new house. Some of these challenges of having a walrus in their bathtub is wet towels, toothpaste trouble, soggy suppers and his very loud singing! How can they get this big walrus out of their bathtub? The family tries to find ways to get the walrus of their bathtub but are unsuccessful! What should they do? They decide to move again until…the walrus tried to communicate with them and gives them a piece of paper that says How to Make Your New Family Feel Welcome. They realize it’s a big misunderstanding and decide to live happily together.
What do I love about this book? The engaging illustrations and bold text are perfect for print referencing strategies. The silly and sweet story line will make your child want to read this story again and again. I also like the underlying lesson of the book that often times there are big misunderstandings due to miscommunication. Since the walrus did not speak their language, they truly misunderstood each other until he was able to communicate clearly to the family.
What language and literacy concepts can you target with this book? When reading the book, discuss the meanings of “best” and “worst” (concept of opposites). Discuss how their view of the walrus changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story. Deborah Underwood uses a variety of descriptive words such as “screechy”, “wet”, “soggy”, easy”, “clean” and “loud”. The illustrator, Matt Hunt does an excellent job of showing the various expressions of the family members throughout the book. How does the family feel throughout the book? Are they surprised, happy, upset, tired, happy, etc.about the walrus? Ask your child, “Would you like a walrus in your bathtub?” “Why and why not?”
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