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May 24 2018

Spot goes to the swimming pool by Eric Hill

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Puffin Books, 2018. ISBN 9780241327074
(Age 1-4) Highly recommended. Board book. Themes: Swimming. Fear. A delightful way to introduce the idea of swimming at a swimming pool to very young children, this board book is sure to be a hit with its intended audience. Spot is a bit nervous about the water, thinking that it could be cold but Mum encourages him to try it out and with her help and encouragement is soon letting go of the side of the pool and splashing around in his safe rubber ring.
The bright colours bring to life the poolside, water and swimming accessories. The wonderful expressions on the faces of Spot, his mother and friend Steve are delightful and leave the reader appreciating the joys of a mother who is patient and loving and helpful friends. The pages are sturdy and should stand up for heavy use by little hands, as this is sure to become a firm favourite.
Spot has been a favourite of children for many years and Spot goes to the swimming pool will be a lovely way to introduce a new generation to this lovely little dog and then perhaps follow up with some of the many books that Eric Hill has written about him.
Pat Pledger

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