The Tub People

By Pam Conrad

Illustrations by Richard Egielski

Published by Harper Collins, 1989

The tub people live on the edge of the tub, all lined up for bath time.  During bath time, they play and pretend to drown and rescue each other.  Each night they are lined back up on the edge of the tub.  One day, instead of being taken out of the tub before it is drained, the little boy swirls down and gets sucked down the drain, and the tub people are sad.  (The scene is horrifically macabre, if you ask me!)  Thankfully, a plumber comes and removes the boy from the tub, and the whole tub family is moved to the bed where they continue their adventures in the soft, comfortable, safe folds of a comforter.

Thi sis a great book to discuss climax and dramatic irony.  We know that the plumber is removing a blockage in the pipe; the tub people believe that they are rescuing the boy.  It’s all about perspective.

Accessed: Augusta County Library


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