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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Water's Fine! Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool by Eric Hill

The weather is warm and sunny and the pool is at last open. Spot and Mom are off for a dip, and Spot's friend Tom Gator and his mother are there already. Tom waves to invite Spot to join him. But Spot hesitates.

THE WATER IS LOOKING A BIT COOL, AND SPOT IS FEELING A LITTLE UNSURE.

There's all that splashing and shouting from the ones already in the pool and Spot hangs back. Mom notices his hesitation and assures him the water is fine--

... ONCE YOU GET IN...

But his buddies Tom and Steve the others are giggling and kicking, and floating around, and it looks like so much fun that Spot decides to take the plunge with his polka-dotted floatie.

And the water is FINE!

Eric Hill's new Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool (Frederick Warne, 2018) is out, just in time for pool openings all over. It's natural for little ones to be a bit intimidated by the busy pool setting, but it's almost sure that they'll learn that being in the swim is just another way to have fun in the sun. In Hill's charming illustrations, Spot is a great stand-in for introducing preschoolers to new experiences, and getting them on the way to learning to swim is an important skill and a new way to play with their friends. For more water play, pair this one with Eric Hill's Spot Goes to the Beach, complete with lift-the-flap discoveries for young would-be beachcombers.

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