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SINK OR SWIM by Valerie Coulman


by Valerie Coulman & illustrated by Rogé

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-894222-54-7
Publisher: Lobster Press

Carping critics may object to Coulman’s use of the word “cows” to describe two bovines of the male persuasion, but young readers in search or need of empowerment stories will enjoy this splashy sequel to When Pigs Fly (2001). A paddle in the pond seems a perfect anodyne for a hot day—but cows don’t swim, right? “Not yet they don’t,” responds Ralph to his doubting buddy Morris, as well as skeptical ducks and other pond residents. And, indeed, after repeated failures, plus trips to Bubbles Bob’s Swim Shop for goggles and other gear, Ralph ultimately proves his point. Rogé illustrates the encouraging episode with sunny country scenes of jellybean-shaped ruminants in striped swimwear, flailing about to the amusement (generally) of finned and flippered onlookers. Ralph’s example could mooooove readers to take on preconceived limitations with like optimism and determination. (Picture book. 6-8)