Have you read a picture book that leaves you with a big smile after you’ve finished reading it and then you flip back and read it again?
Connie Bowman’s ‘An Elephant in my Bathtub’ is one such book. With a lyrical verse that’s calming and repetitive (for kids repetition aids in reading skills by allowing for expectation and pattern recognition), this story builds to a surprising conclusion. In this book, we meet a mild-mannered and polite man who’s home is suddenly taken over by a menagerie or animals including an elephant, a gorilla, a camel, a cobra, etc.
The illustrations in its gentle and soft colors of pinks and greys and whites, heightened my enjoyment of the story too. It matched the verse and the main character and allowed the focus to be on these two things. And my child enjoyed this story a lot as well, since he was feeding off of my noticeable eagerness for this book.
The book is on sale on Amazon:
You can find out more about the multi-hyphenate (Writer, Yogi, Actress, Podcast Host), Connie Bowman here