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Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear

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Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear

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Why Should I Like It?

The Short Reason

Japanese Culture •  Positive Body Image • Belonging

The Longer Reason

"The water will flow and the garden will grow at the big bath house. The birds will be fed and your clothes will be shed at the big bath house"

In this celebration of Japanese culture and family and naked bodies of all shapes and sizes, join a little girl--along with her aunties and grandmother--at a traditional bath house. Once there, the rituals leading up to the baths begin- hair washing, back scrubbing, and, finally, the wood barrel drumroll. Until, at last, it's time, and they ease their bodies--their creased bodies, newly sprouting bodies, saggy, jiggly bodies--into the bath. Ahhhhhh!

With a lyrical text and gorgeous illustrations, this picture book is based on Kyo Maclear's loving memories of childhood visits to Japan, and is an ode to the ties that bind generations of women together.


 A must-have celebration of cultural understanding and community--and the joy of family. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Age: 3-7

Format: Hardback

Publication date: 16th November 2021

Country of Publication: USA

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