1, 2, 3, Jump!

1, 2, 3, Jump! illus. by Madeline Valentine. 40p. Roaring Brook. May 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626726819.
PreS-Gr 2—An unnamed narrator instructs a young girl in the proper ways to approach swimming lessons. As the child gets ready, the narrator guides her through the various beginning stages of swimming, including choosing the right swimsuit and proper swim etiquette. The text appears to follow the character above and below the water line and gives readers the illusion of swimming along. Bold and large fonts effectively emphasize important phrases. White space is used to portray all areas outside the pool. This directs readers' attention to the water, where most of the action takes place. The characters are drawn with rounded figures giving the book a playful look and feel. They can be seen floating, swimming, and merrily kicking throughout. The book changes perspectives often. This notion of movement echoes the vantage point of an excited child moving in and alongside a pool.
VERDICT A great way to encourage children to both explore the world around them and incorporate new activities into their daily lives. Dive right in.

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