Ritchie’s five friends learn about keeping their minds and bodies fit and healthy as they prepare for a swim meet.
This latest in the Exploring Our Community series follows Pedro, Sally, Nick, Yulee, and Martin as they practice once more before tomorrow’s race, have fun together, and meet an Olympic swimmer. Using proper equipment for your sport, warming up, understanding where you need to improve and setting goals for yourself, decreasing anxiety and stress, hand-washing, eating a variety of healthy foods, and engaging in deep breathing and visualization are among the topics briefly addressed. Ritchie emphasizes throughout the importance of the mind-body connection: How one feels influences the other. Backmatter includes some fun things kids can do with their friends to achieve their 60 to 90 minutes of activity each day and a list of defined terms. This entry is not as seamless as See What We Eat (2017) in terms of either the flow of the story or folding in the learning without seeming didactic. The story is thin, but the relationships among the five kids (four with light skin and varying hair colors, one with dark skin and hair) continue to be a highlight. They cheer for and support one another and truly enjoy being together and having fun.
Not the strongest in the series, but a good introduction to keeping the mind and body active and healthy. (Informational picture book. 4-8)