Mr Archimedes' Bath

Mr Archimedes' Bath

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Mar 05, 2017

Our 4 year old did like this story.
I didn't like how he blamed the animals so I changed the wording as I read. THe lesson about water displacement was of great interest to my son so I focused on that and embraced conversation around that, for this it is a unique concept in a childrens books for those kids that do crave more detail and information on real concepts or harder concepts.

Sep 20, 2014

At first, this book seems sensible. The bath keeps overflowing and Mr. Archimedes wants to know why. So he measures the water before taking a bath. Then he has one animal at a time get out of the bath to see who is causing the overflow. He remeasures the water each time.

But pretty quickly we are introduced to Mr. Archimedes' very gross naked backside. I could not think of one reason why this was necessary for this story. And why was he taking his bath will all of his animals? The math lesson of water displacement is a good one, but the story is accusatory (who is making all this mess?) and the naked man disturbing. This book could have been written with just a bathtub full of animals and it would have made sense and would have taught the lesson in a more fun way.
I would not recommend this book for children.

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