On a hot day, dive into a poetically written picture book about spending time at a pool. A young girl and other pool patrons frolic and show off their agility. Lots of movement throughout. Underwater illustrations are a must see. Despite the good times, issues arise. A thunderstorm occurs and all evacuate the water until the storm subsides. A toy is rescued. Diverse children have fun together.
In the 1930’s in Hawaii, some parents worked on a sugar plantation. Their children busied themselves by swimming in a ditch. Sometimes police would chase them away from the ditch. A science teacher named Soichi Sakamoto decided to take responsibility for the children while they swam. He coached them in swimming. Eventually a swimming pool was built where young swimmers trained for the Olympics. Bill Smith won gold metals in the 1948 Olympics. This picture book is succinctly told in rhyme. Illustrations are attractive. An author’s note is included.
Be Brave, Little Penguin by author Giles Andreae and illustrator Guy Parker-Rees
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: December 26, 2017
In this rhyming picture book a mama penguin assuages the fears of young Pip-Pip who needs to learn how to swim. My Book Eyes relished the interaction between mother and offspring as Pip-Pip is led to dive into independence. Illustrations are vibrant and will surely be visited often.