Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Swim, Duck, Swim by Susan Lurie

I can’t contain my enthusiasm for Swim, Duck, Swim. At first reading, I squealed quite loudly in response to the charming photographs of a stubborn duckling that has no intentions of learning to swim. Then I had to make sure all that my coworkers saw the book and fully appreciated its charm. It’s not difficult to see that this is a uniquely appealing picture book.

With full color photography of a young duckling and his family, Swim, Duck, Swim, is a departure from the majority of illustrated picture books for young children. The beautiful photographs offer young readers the opportunity to examine what real ducks look like while enjoying a relatable, engaging story.  Children will delight in the varied facial expressions of the determined duckling while he stoutly disregards the pleas of his parents to dive into the water.

Our duckling hero avoids swimming by hiding behind Mama Duck, pretending to be asleep, and exclaiming that he will surely sink! But eventually, he admits that he would like to do what all ducks do. With a little encouragement from his brothers and sister and many assurances from his parents, the little duckling decides to take a dive. Readers will not be disappointed with the duckling’s response to the water. The simple story, with short sentences on each page is perfect for children just learning to read as well as for one on one sharing. 

For another hilarious story about a reluctant swimmer, check out The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino. 

(The reviews this week are coming from members of the Virginia Beach Public Library's Reader's Advisory Team.  This one is courtesy of Megan.   Enjoy!)

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