Tuck in the Pool

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The only thing Tuck doesn't like about swimming lessons is the water. He worries that water might get in his ears and feel awful. Or it might get in his eyes! "You'll get used to that," says his mom. "Your eyes are waterproof," says his swim teacher. "I'm not going swimming," says Tuck. So no one is more surprised than Tuck when he heroically takes the plunge—and finds out he can get into the swim of things after all.

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Overview

The only thing Tuck doesn't like about swimming lessons is the water. He worries that water might get in his ears and feel awful. Or it might get in his eyes! "You'll get used to that," says his mom. "Your eyes are waterproof," says his swim teacher. "I'm not going swimming," says Tuck. So no one is more surprised than Tuck when he heroically takes the plunge—and finds out he can get into the swim of things after all.

Tuck, a little pig taking swimming lessons, overcomes his fear of the water with the help of his lucky rubber spider.

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"Tuck the pig is learning to swim. He doesn't like it, can't bear the thought of water in his eyes and ears. . . . Cheerful, funny pictures in watercolor and pencil show pink pigs splashing about while Tuck inches his way gingerly into the water. . . . In a simple plot twist, Tuck loses his lucky spider and has to dive down to get it-underwater and with his eyes open. Children afraid of water will find comfort in the acceptance of Tuck's fear and in the story of how he finds it in himself to be brave." Booklist, ALA

"There's a sympathetic and concise aptness to the text that makes the story ruefully endearing as well as readily understandable. The watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork, tidily boxed on every page, shows amusingly angular porkers who nonetheless possess a bit more texture and gravity than their often cartoonish picture-book cousins. . . . This will make a nice splash." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Tuck is a young pig, in a society of all pigs, who has anxiety issues with swimming. He is enrolled in swimming lessons at the local pool and is the slowest learner in the class because he's afraid to get his head wet. Snyder, a plastic spider, is Tuck's security blanket and sits by the pool during the lessons. When Snyder accidentally gets knocked into the pool and sinks to the bottom, Tuck is moved to heroism and makes his first dive. This cute story is accompanied by amusing artwork, and all readers will agree that a pool full of pigs makes for great images. This story is particularly appropriate for children who are apprehensive about starting to swim or are dealing with other youthful phobias. 1995, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, and $5.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Seth Berg
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PreS-Gr 1-Trepidatious novice swimmers are sure to relate to Tuck's dilemma and its serendipitous resolution. An otherwise jolly little pig, Tuck dreads his swimming class and steadfastly refuses to put his head under water. Facing the inevitable, he takes his toy spider, Snyder, along for luck. Patting Snyder on the back gives him courage enough, but when Snyder winds up on the bottom of the pool, Tuck heroically dives to his rescue. This story is blatant and unabashed bibliotherapy, but Weston's watercolor and pencil drawings have a modicum of charm, and her buoyant little pigs strike just the right note.Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Bulletin of the Center for Children
There's a sympathetic and concise aptness to the text that makes the story ruefully endearing as well as readily understandable. . . . This will make a nice splash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618040377
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/20/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.

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