Beth Fielding, Susan Greenelsh
(Early Light, Aug. 1, 2009)
From feathers to fur and scales to skin, ANIMAL BATHS explores the fun and creative ways the world's animals get clean. Human baths are kinda boring: all you need is soap, water, and a fluffy towel. Animal baths, however, are great fun. Imagine rolling in dust or mud to get clean like horses, elephants, and rhinoceros do. Imagine using your paws and your spit like cats, squirrels, and rabbits do. Imagine cleaning yourself by shedding your outer layer of skin like snakes, frogs, and lizards do. Tired of cleaning yourself every day? Just get someone else to do your dirty work. Water buffalo and giraffes use birds to clean their fur, while zebras use their large teeth to clean a friend's fur. Monkeys and lemurs have their fur groomed by close friends and relatives, while turtles and coral animals have their shells and surfaces cleaned by fish and shrimp.