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Children's Fiction Beginner

To the Pool with Mama

by (author) Sue Farrell

illustrated by Robin Lewis

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2000
Beginner, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2000
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2000
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 4
  • Grade: p


It is Friday, and John J. and Mama are off to the pool. Bathing suit and towel are carefully stowed in a backpack.

To the Pool with Mama is told in the first person by John J. as he experiences the joys and wonders of a trip to a large pool. The showers are bigger and different than the ones at home. There are cubbyholes to hide in and heavy doors that he needs help to push open.

In the baby pool are many toys, and the water is just the right height for a toddler to splash and roll around in. Water is great fun to play in, but it is important for John J. and his friend Elise to remember that water belongs in the pool, not on the deck or each other's heads!

Experience the thrill of a small child at all the new sensations found at the swimming pool: the noise of many children, the feel of water and the warm hair dryer, even the texture of the rough, non-slip floors.

Going to the pool is tiring, and at the end of the day a happy, snuggly little boy is carried home, warm and safe in the arms of Mama.


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Editorial Reviews

To the Pool with Mama is essentially a short, simple story that shows preschoolers what to expect when they go to the pool. Friday is pool day for John J. and his mama. The entire excursion is described from packing swimsuit and towel to blow drying with the hot air dryers. Everything is seen through John J.'s eyes... All of the senses are used in describing the visit. Many events are tactile as well as visual... Mama accompanies John throughout the whole experience although the artwork carefully screens her so we never do get a complete view of her face... The watercolour illustrations are attractive and accurate. Readers will share John's experiences of the day in his expressions of excitement and pleasure. Youngsters who are familiar with a large public pool will recognize all its facilities in this book and will enjoy seeing a book that reflects their own experiences. Recommended.

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