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Contributor(s): Detlefsen, Lisl H., Valentine, Madeline (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1626726817     ISBN-13: 9781626726819
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: May 2019

Annotation: A reassuring tribute to a child's first swimming lessons offers lighthearted advice about how to get ready, from putting on swimming gear and getting into the water for the first time to knowing what not to fear and recognizing that swimming instructors are not mermaids.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Swimming; Fiction.
Swimming pools; Fiction.
Fear; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Water Sports
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2019013600
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.70 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 May)

PreS-Gr 2—An unnamed narrator instructs a young girl in the proper ways to approach swimming lessons. As the child gets ready, the narrator guides her through the various beginning stages of swimming, including choosing the right swimsuit and proper swim etiquette. The text appears to follow the character above and below the water line and gives readers the illusion of swimming along. Bold and large fonts effectively emphasize important phrases. White space is used to portray all areas outside the pool. This directs readers' attention to the water, where most of the action takes place. The characters are drawn with rounded figures giving the book a playful look and feel. They can be seen floating, swimming, and merrily kicking throughout. The book changes perspectives often. This notion of movement echoes the vantage point of an excited child moving in and alongside a pool. VERDICT A great way to encourage children to both explore the world around them and incorporate new activities into their daily lives. Dive right in.—Deanna Smith, Pender County Public Library, NC

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