Maisy Learns to Swim

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Maisy ventures into the water in a story sure to make a splash with young children who are learning to swim.

Today Maisy is going swimming for the first time, and she is a little nervous. Good thing Eddie and Tallulah are coming, too. Eddie is a natural, but Maisy and Tallulah get into the pool slowly — ooh, it’s freezing! But soon they are kicking and floating and even blowing bubbles with the rest. Whether water-shy or raring to go, young readers will find much to relate to as...

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Overview

Maisy ventures into the water in a story sure to make a splash with young children who are learning to swim.

Today Maisy is going swimming for the first time, and she is a little nervous. Good thing Eddie and Tallulah are coming, too. Eddie is a natural, but Maisy and Tallulah get into the pool slowly — ooh, it’s freezing! But soon they are kicking and floating and even blowing bubbles with the rest. Whether water-shy or raring to go, young readers will find much to relate to as Maisy experiences another childhood first.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jill Walton
Imagine learning to swim with Eddie, an elephant in water goggles who can splash himself with his trunk. Maisy the mouse and her friends are collecting yet another first experience in this series of "First Experience" books. Here, they are off to an indoor pool to learn how to swim. Tallulah the duck shares a busy changing room with Maisy, who compliments her swimsuit. The water feels cold but nice, and the pool is noisy and fun. The crayon colors are calming in these pictures. Animals in swimsuits are shown using pool toys and practicing floating and breathing underwater. The drawings invite first-timers to look forward to learning to swim while preparing them for the sights, sounds, and sensations of a swimming pool. Poppy the hippo is the swimming instructor who shows them how to blow bubbles underwater. Try this at home! Maisy is a popular character in picture books for children, and she is a good influence. Her friends are very agreeable, too. All of the characters make swimming look like a safe and exciting adventure. Reviewer: Jill Walton
Kirkus Reviews
Take the plunge with Maisy and her friends as they splash and wade through their first swimming lesson. Part of the Maisy First Experiences series, this title helps familiarize young ones with the preparations and activities common to most swimming instruction. First Maisy must collect everything she needs: bathing suit, towel and goggles. She joins Eddie and Tallulah for the adventure. Eddie is brave and jumps right in, but Maisy and Tallulah dip their "toes in first. Ooh, it's freeeezing!" After a "swish-swash [and] splish-splash," the trio meets their hippo teacher, Poppy. They learn to kick, float and blow bubbles. Soon the fun is over, and it is time for the lesson to end. Maisy climbs up the ladder and "feels shivery out of the water, so she wraps herself up in a fluffy towel." After a quick shower and change into her clothes, Maisy is ready to meet her friends for a snack. Over apple juice and milk, a smiling Maisy looks forward to the next lesson. All is depicted in bright gouache illustrations done in Cousins' signature style by, presumably, the film studio responsible for animating the Maisy franchise. Young readers will appreciate this brief introduction to what occurs in most beginning aquatic lessons for children--sans any tears and fears. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763664800
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Series: Maisy Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 251,488
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Cousins

Lucy Cousins is the creator of the beloved Maisy series. She is also the author-illustrator of the widely acclaimed Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, as well as I’m the Best and Hooray for Fish! Lucy Cousins lives in Hampshire, England.

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