Katie Catz Makes a Splash

Katie Catz Makes a Splash

by Anne Rockwell, Paul Meisel
     
 

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Katie Catz is afraid to swim, so she doesn't know what to do when Brendan and Belinda Porker tell her they're having a pool party for their birthday. After all, scary monsters live in the water drains, and even worse, water can get up your nose and really hurt! Then Katie takes swimming lessons from ultracool Patsy Polarbear, and suddenly swimming is a lot of fun.

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Katie Catz is afraid to swim, so she doesn't know what to do when Brendan and Belinda Porker tell her they're having a pool party for their birthday. After all, scary monsters live in the water drains, and even worse, water can get up your nose and really hurt! Then Katie takes swimming lessons from ultracool Patsy Polarbear, and suddenly swimming is a lot of fun. And when it's finally time for the Porker twins' birthday party, Katie is ready to make a huge splash!Young swimmers will share Katie's fears and celebrate with her when she completes her first lap across the pool in this heartwarming story about taking a chance and being a good sport.

My best friend was the best swimmer in town, but like Katie, I was afraid of water -- until the wonderful day when I discovered I wouldn't sink like a stone.

Also a reluctant swimmer, I understand Katie's fears. I would much rather be illustrating books, such as the first book in the Good Sports series, morgan plays soccer by Anne Rockwell.

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Publishers Weekly
The team behind Morgan Plays Soccer creates a heroine who proves a role model for those who fear the water. When Katie Catz refuses to go to the Porker twins' pool party ("What a dumb place to have it!"), her mother decides it is high time she learn to swim. Katie nervously arrives at the town pool for her lesson with swimming instructor Patsy Polarbear, who proves a patient and resourceful teacher. She slowly builds Katie's confidence at the poolside until the heroine hops into the water: "Yum-I see a delicious-looking vanilla ice-cream cone up in the clouds! Why don't you float and tell me what you see?" she coaxes. Small scenes set off by the blue water on a white background chronicle Katie's progress (putting her toe in the water, splashing her teacher, splashing herself, dunking, floating, kicking, stroking, breathing between strokes), and demonstrate each victory until a full-spread painting shows Katie's triumphant lap across the shallow end. Meisel's characterizations of cats, dogs, raccoons, giraffes and others clothed in colorful bathing suits with tails sticking out and romping around the pool will tickle many funny bones, as will pictures of Katie fearfully imagining monsters in the drainpipes as a smiling crocodile glides by on a kickboard. Subtly addressing the social implications involved, Rockwell avoids didacticism, and focuses instead on the rewards of courage and hard work. Ages 4-6. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Katie does not know how to swim and she does not want to learn. She is afraid of the sharks and sea monsters that live in the pool and she had once gotten water up her nose. When the Porker twins invite her to a pool party to celebrate their birthdays, Katie announces that she is not going. Mom ignores her protests, buys her a new swimsuit and drops her off at the pool for swimming lessons with Patsy Polar bear. Patsy is patient in alleviating Katie's fears as she coaxes her into the water. Katie is surprised to discover that swimming can actually be fun. Everyone is proud of her when she swims across the pool. And Katie is excited about going to the birthday party. Colorful, cartoon-like illustrations feature a variety of animal characters with highly expressive faces and actions. Young readers will enjoy this tale of overcoming fears and finding joy in accomplishment. 2003, HarperCollins,
— Phyllis Kennemer
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Katie's water phobia threatens to exclude her from the Porker twins' pool party, gentle swimming lessons with Patsy Polarbear save the kitten's social life. Meisel and Rockwell offer a practical tale populated by genial cartoon animals dressed in an amusing assortment of swimming attire. Although this book joins ranks with stories like Martha Weston's Tuck in the Pool (Clarion, 1995) and Jonathan London's Froggy Learns to Swim (Viking, 1995) for reassuring those who are hydrophobic, it has no surprises. However, the peripheral characters, such as a rabbit in oversized trunks and a boogying cow, have plenty of charm.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060284459
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/11/2003
Series:
Good Sports Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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