King Bidgood's In the Bathtub

Written by: Audrey Wood

Illustrated by: Don Wood

Before Reading

What happens when a King refuses to get out of the tub and rule his kingdom? You'll find out in this silly story about how King Bidgood's court tries to coerce him out of the tub and back to his duties. Encourage your child to make predictions and observations while looking over the cover and illustrations. Ask questions like: 

Make Observations

What do you notice on the cover?

Make Predictions

What do you think will happen in this story?

Why do you think the King won't get out of the tub? 

How do you think his court will get him out of the tub?

{Flip to an illustrations} What do you think is happening in this picture?

As you encourage your child to make predictions, reassure him/her that these are just guesses and there are no right or wrong answers.

As You Read

Get Animated

There are several different characters in this story including King Bidgood, his page and the rest of his court, so use different voices to make them more dynamic and add to the humor in the story. Also be sure to focus on the illustrations as you read. There is so much detail that adds to the story, so point out facial expressions and other details not addressed in the text. For example, bring your child's attention to the King's lunch and how there is a figure of the king in his tub on the top of a cake. Encourage your child to discover new things in the illustrations each time you read the story.

Vocabulary Building

There is a lot of repetitive text, so have your child read along with you. Each time you read, "Help! Help!" or "I do!", point to the words and say the words together. Encourage him/her to incorporate fun voices as well. 

Making Connections

King Bidgood's page couldn't figure out how to get the King out of the tub so he had to ask the rest of the court for help. Ask your child about a time when s/he had a problem and had to ask other people for help. Ask "Can you think of a time when you had to ask for help like the page? What was your problem? What would have happened if you didn't ask for help?"

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

Talk to your child about the story and gauge his/her understanding with questions like:

What was your favorite part of the story? Why was it your favorite?

How did the members of the King's court try to get him out of the tub?

How did the page get the King out of the bathtub?

Activity: Weather Bath!

Adapted from Bath Activities for Kids

Supplies: blue food coloring, shaving cream, a strainer, and foam sheets (blue, yellow and white) 

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Try out this cool bath tub activity and your child may never want to leave the tub either! Help your child explore the concept of weather in this fun and hands-on way.

  1. Cut out white clouds, blue rain drops and yellow lightening bolts from your foam paper.
  2. Fill up your bath tub with water that is a comfortable temperature for your child. Add blue food coloring to create the sky.
  3. Add shaving cream clouds to your bath and let the games begin!
  4. Your child can use the strainer to simulate rain, watch the clouds dissipate in the water, and try other cool experiments like making a tornado in a jar and rain clouds (more details on these experiments are included here).

STEM Extensions

Looking for more ways to incorporate math and science into your conversation about King Bidgood? Try this great activity called  Math Bath, using foam craft sheets and permanent markers to turn your bathtub into a giant math board used for counting, reading, and learning!

Check This Out

Audrey Wood has some secrets that she wants to share about the illustrations in King Bidgood's In The Bathtub. Turns out Audrey and Don Wood used real people in their lives as models for the characters in the story, including their son and one of Don's childhood friends! Check out Audrey's website for side-by-side comparisons of the models and the illustrations!