Title: George goes swimming
Author: Nicola Smee
Suitable Age Group: 1 - 4 year olds
Date Released: 14 / 04 / 2015
Summary: George begins the book with “I’d like to be able to swim like my fish.” Off to the pool George goes so that he can learn to swim. George’s Mum is there alongside George and continues to reassure him in the water, giving him helpful tips “Mum says I won’t swallow the water if I keep my mouth closed.” So George persists and continues to practise his swimming until… (no spoiler alert here, you’ll just have to read the book yourself!) Let's just say, George has a little fan club clapping for him at the end of the book.
As the warmer weather approaches, and swimming lessons begin, this book is a brilliant way to build water confidence in young children. This book is easy for most children to relate to as it explores the steps George takes to overcome his fear of water in a way that is enjoyable to read. The writing is simple and easy for adults to read with children. The pages offer an opportunity for children to share their swimming experiences with their peers. The illustrations are fantastic, the characters have very expressive faces. The author uses speech bubbles to give George and his mother a voice, which adds depth to their character as well as helping to add to the plot.
This is part of a series by Nicola Smee, follow George on all of his adventures, including doctor visits, getting dressed and going on a plane.
Rating: 5 / 5