Sometimes bath time means a roll in the mud, and sometimes it’s a plunge in the snow. Little ones learn how baby animals friends clean up.
Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold is the picture book author of 21 books, with over one million books sold. Her books have garnered honors from Best First Book by a New Author to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Smithsonian Notable. Recent books include the bilingual Galápagos Girl and Lost. Found., both Junior Library Guild selections. Lost. Found. received three starred reviews and was illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell.
Growing up on the Kansas prairies, Marsha lived in Northern California most of her life. Now she lives with her husband in Florida, near the Caloosahatchee River and her family. Besides creating stories, she loves scuba diving, hiking, traveling, gardening, and climbing trees.
What would you say is the primary message of [this book]?
What I wanted to show in this board book is the similarity between humans and animals. I show in the book that animals take different kinds of baths; the last page shows the sweet surprise of a human baby taking a bubble bath.
What was the hardest part about creating [this book]?
I know quite a bit about animals, but after accepting the book, my editor wanted absolute verification of when a specific baby animal started to clean itself and what a specific baby animal is called. Even animal specialists I spoke with weren’t certain about the first and there were differences of opinions about the second. It was challenging research, but I love how the book came out.