Benny Learns To Swim

Clavis. May 2020. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781605374970.
PreS-Gr 2–In this Dutch import, a young girl is worried because her dog wants to jump in the lake on a hot day but he hasn’t had any swimming lessons. Since she has earned her “swim certificate,” she takes Benny to the pool where she learned to swim. The swim coach refuses to let her pup in the pool, and she think it’s because he’s not wearing swim trunks. She states, “No one can go in the pool with a bare bottom!” After she puts him in swim trunks, the coach again informs her that the dog can’t participate. She then believes Benny simply needs a bathing cap. What she eventually learns about her dog is quite a surprise to her, and she becomes filled with pride at having such a talented pet. Though most youngsters will already know what the child learns, they will thoroughly enjoy seeing the illustrations of Benny dressed up in his trunks, swim cap and floatation aids wrapped around his lower body as he awaits his instructions. The charming cartoon-style illustrations are filled with color, and the girl’s concern for her dog’s safety is endearing.
VERDICT This delightful story about a girl and her dog will appeal to young readers. Recommended for purchase.

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