Barbara H. Cole is currently my British Literature Professor here in North Carolina at my College of choice. I have read Wash Day, and I think it is absolutely fabulous. Mrs. Cole is a wonderful weaver of tales, and I know from experience as she often tells us stories of her own childhood during class after we've read a fantastic story such as Gawain and the Green Knight, or Beowulf, or Hamlet. I highly recommend anything that you see written by her, as anything she has to say is always the most enjoyable.
A very highly recommended children's picturebook Aug 13, 2004
Set during the hard times of the Great Depression, Wash Day is a very highly recommended children's picturebook written by Barbara H. Cole and illustrated by Ronald Himler that tells of a Grandfather who entertains children during laundry day by telling them stories of the war he served in and playing his trumpet, encouraging them to march in time and sing along to the music. Fond memories, friendships that transcend race, and the simple pleasures of life growing up abound in this tale to be treasured.