Swim, Duck, Swim!

Swim, Duck, Swim! photos by Murray Head. 32p. Feiwel & Friends. May 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781250046420.
PreS-Gr 2—A fearful duckling refuses learn to swim. "I told you once. I told you twice. I don't like to get wet." His parents exhibit patience and understanding, and, finally, with his siblings' encouragement, he takes the plunge. The stunning photos of the duck family on each page are delightful, particularly the full-page shots of the determined protagonist. Children will breathe a sigh of relief when he finally does what a duck does and takes pride in his accomplishment: "I can swim!" The colorful spreads, with one sentence per page, make this a winner for group and one-on-one sharing as well as for beginning readers. Sure to delight any animal lover or reluctant child needing the confidence to try something new.—Susan Mcclellan, Coraopolis Memorial Library, PA
In this try-something-new story told in clunky rhyme, a stubborn duckling is reluctant to learn to swim: he's afraid, doesn't want to get wet, and would rather nap. Watching his siblings glide through the water makes him curious, however, and--"SPLASH!"--he finds out that he's a natural. The sharp, close-up photos of the fuzzy little duckling are the book's appeal.

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