Cindy: Swim season is upon us making Swim, Duck, Swim (Feiwel and Friends 2014) a perfect book to share. My own children took to water like, ahem, ducks to water, but not every child does. Murray Head’s close up and expressive photographs are paired with Lurie’s spare words to tell the story of a duck who does not want to learn to swim. His parents encourage him and wait patiently for him to be ready to join the other ducklings who are happily paddling away, but he does not. want. to. get. wet. Little duck finally makes the plunge and his self-esteem soars at his achievement. This is a book that will acknowledge many types of fear in little ones (and perhaps even in the adults reading the book aloud in laps or groups). It understands the heart of a three-year-old who wants to be “big” but is afraid of the leap sometimes. Bravo little duck!
Lynn: Even if the text weren’t wonderful and so well suited to pre-schoolers, and the message SO appropriate for the age level, Murray Head’s photographs would make this book a gem for me. The enchanting close-up photographs are full-page with the large-size text imposed over the top. It’s not easy to choose a favorite as these wonderful pictures of the duck family would win over the hardest of hearts. However, one stands out as the most adorable of all the adorable shots. A close-up of our reluctant swimmer with his feathers fluffed and ruffled is one I’d like to keep forever. This book is the definition of cute!