The Whale in My Swimming Pool – PPBF

whaleTitle: The Whale in My Swimming Pool

Written and illustrated by: Joyce Wan

Published by: Farrer, Strauss, Giroux, 2015

Themes/Topics: swimming (paddling) pool, whale, boy

Suitable for ages: 2-5

Opening:

Race you to the pool!

Whoa…                                                                                                                                   A whale?!

Synopsis:

A little boy discovers a whale in his tiny blow up pool in the garden. He tries persuasion, questions and tricks to get the intruding whale out of the water so he can finally have a swim. That whale aint budging! And the little boy must come up with a far better solution, which proves a win/win for him and the whale. The final page in the bedroom is a very satisfactory conclusion to this summer story for the very young.

Why I like This Book:

The text is very short and very toddler-friendly as are the BIG colorful, round illustrations on double-paged spreads. I enjoy how the illustrations capture how huge this creature is, with one spread where we see the whale face on peering at us. The rising frustration of a toddler prevented from swimming by a giant intruder rings very authentic as do his creative solutions. The humor has both kid and adult appeal and it is a story I would not easily tire with rereading.

NB: For my French readers, this is also available in French:

une baleine

Activities/Resources:

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11 Responses to The Whale in My Swimming Pool – PPBF

  1. What a fun story for kids! Everything in their world seems to be too big and this book kind of personifies that feeling. I love the cover.

  2. Joyce’s illos have a certain joy in them that is hard to describe but so easy to feel! Great pick!

  3. Read this book over the summer, so adorable!

  4. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I’m thinking this is the younger version of Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett. It looks cute!

  5. This looks like a very cute book. I bet kids will eat it up! 🙂

  6. this little book looks like Very Big Fun! Great activity ideas!

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