“The Tub People” by Pam Conrad


As Monday’s posts are themed Oldies, but Goodies, I’ve decided to share one of the books of my childhood. “The Tub People” written by Pam Conrad and illustrated by Richard Egielski was always one of my favorites because it gave me hope as a child that no matter what may happen, there are always happy endings.

For those unfamiliar with the story, it starts off introducing the seven members of the Tub Family. “There were seven of them, and they always stood in the same  – the father, the mother, the grandmother, the doctor, the policeman, the child and the dog.”  They enjoyed life in the tub: playing sea captain, sliding off the soap, or even having water races. One day, the tub water began to drain before they were all in a line and the child disappeared down the drain.

Now I don’t want to spoil the ending of the story, but on a happy note I’ll just say that there’s a drainage problem, a plumber is involved and that someone may not have made it that far down the drain…

The book isn’t that difficult, but perhaps a 2nd/3rd grader would appreciate it the most. The illustrations are also wonderfully done, and add a lot to the story! I hope you get a chance to read one of my favorite books as a child, and if you just can’t wait to check it out from the library, I’ve included a video of the book being read online!

Reviewed by: Jillian Kemper

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