Leo Can Swim
Leo Can Swim
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Annotation: Baby Leo loves the water, so his father takes him to swim class with the other toddlers.
Catalog Number: #124942
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Hearson, Ruth,
Pages: 24
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-580-89725-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-580-89725-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015017792
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Leo is back (Leo Loves Baby Time, 2014, etc.), and now he happily attends a community swim class with Daddy. "Leo loves the water. He is like a little fish!" A smiling Leo is in sudsy bath water, his dark, curly head and brown body held up by a pair of strong, brown, adult arms. As the story continues, readers see Leo and Daddy interact lovingly throughout, from sitting together on a big chair—viewing a swim-class brochure—to changing into proper swim attire in the locker room and taking part in a class that features a pool full of other happy baby-and-adult pairs. The range of skin and hair types is commendable, even including one adult-child combination of nonmatching skin. Getting used to the off-center noses of the babies requires a little time—probably more for adults than children. The text has some sentences that will sound delightful to little ears as little eyes view the water babies: "They swish and swoosh. They splish and sploosh." The tender and competent care given to Leo by his father is reason enough to praise this book. Also, like its predecessor, the codex itself has rounded corners and strong, resilient paper to accommodate its audience. The ending is a bit abrupt, but it parallels babies' and toddlers' tendencies to play hard and suddenly run out of energy. A welcome addition to the toddler bookshelf. (Picture book. 1-3)
School Library Journal
Toddler-PreS Leo (of Lola Reads to Leo fame) loves the water. In preparation for an upcoming swim class, the toddler and his dad read a book that gives a nod to Eric Carle's Mister Seahorse , then head off to the pool for baby/parent swim time. The families represented are of multiple ethnicities. At swim class, the children learn how to kick and splash, and Leo gets a fun ride on his daddy's back. Many children have loved other stories by McQuinn that feature Leo's older sister Lola ( Lola Loves Stories ), and this offering is no less delightful. Hearson's colorful acrylic illustrations are as fun and playful as the text.
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Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (5/1/16)
Word Count: 127
Reading Level: 1.2
Interest Level: P-K
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 182681 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD340L
Guided Reading Level: H
Leo loves the water. He is like a little fish! Leo and Daddy are going to swim class tomorrow.

Excerpted from Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn
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Leo, Lola’s little brother from Leo Loves Baby Time, is back in a new adventure at the pool.
 
Leo loves the water! Leo and Daddy go to swim class where they kick, bounce, splash around, and dive like little fish. Joining other babies and their caretakers in the pool is a guarantee for unforgettable fun. This sweet story full of action and sound effects is a gentle introduction to pool facilities and parent-child swim lessons with a cast of diverse families who love to splash and play together. 

Keep an eye out for Leo's other adventures!


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