Clean & Dirty by Ming Tan & Illustrated by Ali Shandi Ramadan/*= "on " */?> October 15, 2021
Keeping kids clean can be a struggle. With COVID-19, habits like handwashing are even more important. But is dirt always bad? Clean and Dirty celebrates both good hygiene and messy play. We have an in-built curiosity to touch, feel and taste, to experience the world with all our senses. Getting sand between the toes or a little mud on the clothes are all part of the fun! At the same time, we need to keep ourselves healthy. Many animals have developed unique techniques to get rid of dirt and keep parasites at bay. This rhyming story, in the voice of a young child, explores these essential survival skills in nature. In some cases, such as mud rolling or dust-bathing, one animal's ingenious method of keeping clean may look like getting dirty for another! The book ends with some easy ideas for messy play and clean fun to try at home.