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by Lucy Cousins & illustrated by Lucy Cousins

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: Feb. 12th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6480-0
Publisher: Candlewick

Take the plunge with Maisy and her friends as they splash and wade through their first swimming lesson.

Part of the Maisy First Experiences series, this title helps familiarize young ones with the preparations and activities common to most swimming instruction. First Maisy must collect everything she needs: bathing suit, towel and goggles. She joins Eddie and Tallulah for the adventure. Eddie is brave and jumps right in, but Maisy and Tallulah dip their “toes in first. Ooh, it’s freeeezing!” After a “swish-swash [and] splish-splash,” the trio meets their hippo teacher, Poppy. They learn to kick, float and blow bubbles. Soon the fun is over, and it is time for the lesson to end. Maisy climbs up the ladder and “feels shivery out of the water, so she wraps herself up in a fluffy towel.” After a quick shower and change into her clothes, Maisy is ready to meet her friends for a snack. Over apple juice and milk, a smiling Maisy looks forward to the next lesson. All is depicted in bright gouache illustrations done in Cousins’ signature style by, presumably, the film studio responsible for animating the Maisy franchise.

Young readers will appreciate this brief introduction to what occurs in most beginning aquatic lessons for children—sans any tears and fears. (Picture book. 2-4)