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Mr. Archimedes' Bath

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When Mr Archimedes takes a bath with three of his friends, Kangaroo, Wombat and Goat, the water always overflows and makes a mess. Mr Archimedes is determined to find the culprit. Using a measure and taking turns getting out, they finally discover who it is. Early science made fascinating with the use of animal characters, comical text and colourful illustrations.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Spiral bound | 28 pages
  • 236 x 250 x 4mm | 99.79g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PUFFIN
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Col.ill.
  • 0140501622
  • 9780140501629
  • 9,412

Review Text

"Mr. Archimedes' bath always overflowed. And Mr. Archimedes always had to clean up the mess" - despite the fact that he always shares his bath with a kangaroo, a goat, and a wombat. And so Mr. Archimedes decides to find out "where all this water is coming from." As one by one, then all together, the animals are removed from the tub, Mr. Archimedes notes that the water still goes up and clown but doesn't overflow. "Eureka! I've found it!" he shouts when he discovers that the level after he gets out is just the same as before he got in. "We make the water go up," he continues as they all get in and the tub overflows again. "There are just too many of us in the bath, that's all." But this obvious observation is really not much to scream about. Allen's Archimedes stops where the real Archimedes began in the official story; and Allen doesn't even draw any conclusions or generalizations from the phenomenon she does have him catch on to. The menage as pictured seems to be having a lot of fun jumping in and out of the round footed tub with flabby, pink, Mr. A.; but where's the fun of making a dummy out of Archimedes for children who never heard of him in the first place? At first, Allen seems to be onto a good thing here, but she lets it go down the drain. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's books. In twenty-four years she has produced thirty-three picture books, many of which have won prestigious awards and commendations both in Australia and overseas. She is the first illustrator to have won the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award two years running, for Who Sank the Boat? (1983) and Bertie and the Bear (1984). Some of Pamela's other awards include the NSW Premier's Literary Award, the AIM Book Award (New Zealand) and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour Diploma for Illustration.show more

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912 ratings
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3 24% (217)
2 4% (37)
1 3% (25)
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