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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Velasquez’s milky oil paintings, a raven-haired brother, sister, and mother go swimming in a pool. Brigham’s text is limited to two-word exclamatory phrases, one per spread: “Jump in!/ Swim! Swim!/ Splish! Splash!” The intimate view of the family at play makes the churning, turquoise water appear as vast as an ocean, while the watchful mother’s tender expressions assure protection and security. Ages 1–3. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is a day to head for the pool and have a swim. Mother or older sister provides the swim floats and goggles, but we do not see her putting sunscreen on the kids. (Too bad because with all the warning about sun exposure this book would have been a golden opportunity to convey a good message.) At any rate, the pool offers a chance for lots of fun—splashing, swimming, doggy paddling, floating on big yellow mats and when it is over drying off. The boy doesn't look the same in the various pictures and the family has a Latino look, but it is not particularly attractive. Also it is hard to believe that they are the only ones at the pool. Perhaps it is their own pool, but it is not clear if this is a public or private facility. Given the lack of other people it must be private. Part of the "Board Buddies" series, this would not be a first choice for summer fun. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
This ho-hum dip in the pool skims the surface without wading in the deep. A mother, son and daughter enjoy play and relaxation in and around the water. A couple of words on each double-page spread capture the action of a sunny day. An overabundance of exclamation points results in a forced sense of cheer, often inappropriate. They are applied even in quiet moments, such as when the children rest lazily on rafts ("Float away!"). Moreover, many of the visuals are unclear. "Swim! Swim" depicts just about as much splashing as "Splish! Splash!"; "Kick! Kick!" shows the little boy headfirst in the pool with his feet outstretched, in what looks more like a dive than a kicking motion. Facial expressions, though cheery, are stiff. The majority of the text and oil-on-paper scenes celebrate the children's interdependence. Above the little girl, the word "throw!" labels her behavior, while her sibling's response reads "catch!" (visually, it's not clear who is throwing and who is catching). Forced enthusiasm and confusing images sink this experience. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761462538
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 921,461
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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