I Don't Want to Wash my Hands!

I Don't Want to Wash my Hands!
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June 16, 2020
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From beloved children's author and illustrator Tony Ross, comes a fun to read and humorous take on the importance of handwashing.

The Little Princess does not want to wash her hands. After all, she's already washed her hands so many times!

She's washed her hands before eating and after going outside. She's washed her hands after sneezing and using the potty. Why should she wash her hands anymore?

Well, because of germs and nasties, she's told, which are too small to even see! But if they get inside your body, they can make you ill. Not even a Princess wants to be in bed all day!

Now the Little Princess knows just what to do! She's got just one more question... "Have you washed your hands?"

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I DON'T WANT TO WASH MY HANDS is a picture book about the need for frequent hand washing. The little princess is always being told to wash her hands, and she feels like she's already done it so many times. When she asks the maid why, the maid tells her about the "germs and nasties" that can get on your food and make you sick. She says they are worse than crocodiles but so small you cannot see them.

What I loved: There are plenty of colorful illustrations in this book, as well as good depictions of the times when you need to wash your hands, such as after playing outside, after playing with the dog, and after using the bathroom.

What left me wanting more: This book would not be a great choice for children who are sensitive or already good about washing their hands. The description and illustrations of "germs and nasties" could be a little scary and could inspire too much hand washing.

Final verdict: Overall, this book about hand washing would be useful for reluctant hand-washers who do not scare easily.
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