Ofurode Chapu Chapu / OfurodeChapuChapu (Have fun taking a bath) おふろでちゃぷちゃぷ

1970s or earlier

Author : 岩崎ちひろ Chihiro Iwasaki 

Published : 1970

Personal recommendation : 0-3 years old

Well, this book is also very classic Children’s book in Japan. (Published in 1970!)  I just loved author’s (Chihiro Iwasaki’s) drawing touch and this has became my favorite book to read for children.

As shown in book cover, it has much white color in the background. (behind a boy) and these format has been consistent throughout the book.  Thus, the page structure is quite simple = Story-telling sentences, drawings and white background.  This will make Author’s drawing quite stand out and let the reader focus on the story itself.

Story goes as follows.

  • The duck shows up and appears to be heading to somewhere.  Boy asked the duck “where are you going?”,  Duck answered “Someplace fun” 
  • The duck picked up towel. Boy asked the duck “where are you going?”,  Duck answered “Someplace fun” 
  • The duck picked up bar-soap. Boy asked the duck “where are you going?”,  Duck answered “Someplace fun” 
  • Boy said “I got it.  You are going to take a bath!”  Duck says “Yes, come on hurry. Join us.  Who can come first?”
  • Boys taking off sweater and saying “I am just taking my sweater off”  Duck says “Hurry Hurry” 
  • Boys saying “I am just taking off my under shirt”  Duck says “Hurry Hurry”
  • Boys saying “I am just taking off my under wear.  Yuppy, I am ready to take a bath!” 
  • Boy joined with Duck in the bath and says “Water splash and bubble from soap. I love taking a bath, especially when I am with duck in the bath tab!”
  • Lastly Boy says “Washing hair makes my hair the mascot character with mohawk!”

I used this book a lot to motivate my kids before bath time in the evening and I even prepared duck toys so that they feel they are still in the book’s story world.  As mentioned, Author’s drawing are beautiful and you can feel this can be clipped out and put it in the frame as an art-work. 😊

You can purchase this book here. 広告はこちら

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