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Children's Fiction Water Sports

Swimming, Swimming

illustrated by Gary Clement

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2015
Water Sports, Music, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2015
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

The illustrations show a young boy and his friends spending a carefree day at the neighborhood pool. We see them walk to the pool together, change into their trunks and then spend hours swimming, cavorting, splashing and diving. The pool is full of moms, dads, other kids and babies, all enjoying a chance to cool off on a hot summer day. The boy returns home, tired but happy, and falls asleep holding onto his goggles in anticipation of another delightful day at the pool.

Includes a short explanation of the hand gestures for the song and a link to a video demonstration.

About the author

Gary Clement is an author and illustrator of children’s books who won the Governor General’s Award for The Great Poochini and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Just Stay Put. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.

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Editorial Reviews

Filled with incredible detail that children . . . will adore.

Children's Bookwatch

The entertaining energy of youth never stops and Clements’ pages are appropriately always in motion . . . You’re going to want to dive back in again and again.


The story of an ordinary day spent at the community pool by a bunch of earnest and ardent kid swimmers.

New York Times

Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T.

Kirkus Reviews

Exuberant cartoon paintings bring the traditional children’s song—and the perfect summer’s day—to vivid life. . . . A cheerful choice for at-home sing-alongs or making a splash during storytime.

School Library Journal

The joy of swimming, of friendship, and of summer (and of the community pool!) are wonderfully represented . . . an absolutely perfect book for beginning readers.

CM Magazine

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