Bubbles ... Up!
Bubbles ... Up!

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Annotation: An everyday visit to the pool transforms into an unforgettable celebration of the water in this remarkable picture book ... more
Catalog Number: #305813
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-283661-7 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0565-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-283661-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0565-8
Dewey: E
Language: English
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 2 A community pool is a place of wondermouth, nose, or ear bubbles all rise through water, filled with light. A small pink-skinned girl gives readers the tour, to follow the bubbles up until you break the surface, and dive back in. All in the pool celebrate life under water. One can under-sit, under-talk, under-stand, or complete an under-handstand. Similes communicate the motion amid bubbles "light as butterflies," as the girl urges her body up to "surface like a porpoise" and "shoot like a rocket ship." Families of all races play in the water as text and word placement highlight movement in digital paintings with swirls of dark and light-filtered color. Descriptive verse text with a scribble of clouds capture a bubble-filled watery world. It's easy for swimmers to dream and imagine the pool filled with saltwater depths of treasure before an ominous rumble announces a thunderstorm. The interruption provides both a visual downpour and an alliterative storm of words, and soon, everyone is back in the water. VERDICT A recommended first purchase for all libraries, this title will interest readers who love the world underwater, or those who recognize the freedom and confidence borne of immersive play. Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano I.S.D., TX
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A swimming pool and a young swimmer create watery magic together.Davies’ lighthearted, lively bit of poetry describes the singular joy of an afternoon at the neighborhood pool in this celebration of underwater swimming and splashing. “PLUNGE! / under / under / under,” reads the text as a child with black hair and light brown skin and a colorfully striped one-piece bathing suit dives and floats and soars underwater. “Bubbles…UP!” A younger, lighter-skinned little person wearing floaties and orange swim trunks stays by the poolside with an adult while a crowd of children with many different hair types and colors of skin splashes and shouts in the pool. Sánchez’s illustrations capture the way sunlight ripples through water over blue-patterned tiles and convey the blissful freedom of weightlessness, diving to the bottom of an imaginary ocean world and rocketing to the top amid bubbles. A brief thundershower clears the pool, and everyone huddles near the snack bar—but when the all-clear sounds, it’s back to the water. There’s a dramatic rescue of a rubber duck: “You are fast…/ —aqueous— / A watery dolphin, all flash and fin.” There’s cuddling—for a moment—in a towel after, and then back to the water, where the smaller child joins in the fun at last. The exuberant sense of being purely in the moment is delightful. (This book was reviewed digitally with 11-by-17-inch double-page spreads viewed at 19% of actual size.)Superbly splashy, immersive, and effervescent. (Picture book. 3-7)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* A community swimming pool provides the setting for this upbeat picture book featuring a girl who loves the water. Accompanied by her mother and little brother, who sit at the water's edge, the girl plunges in, swimming downward while bubbles rise up around her, as irrepressible as her pleasure in exploring this wondrous space. She looks so at home, despite the fact that activities as common as sitting, talking, and standing become strange underwater: "You under-sit. / You under-talk. / You under-smile. / You somersault. / You under-stand. / You under-handstand. / You. / You understand." Thunder rumbles, emptying the pool until the storm passes. Then the girl plunges back in, rescuing her brother's rubber duckie and playing with friends. Creating the mood as well as the story's structure, Davies' cascading lines of verse text read aloud beautifully, rewarding listeners with wordplay. Suggesting rather than defining the story, the text leaves space for Sánchez's effervescent illustrations to work their magic. The imaginative underwater scenes are particularly fine. This high-spirited picture book, an excellent counterbalance to the many that deal with young children's fears of deep water, celebrates the joy that many kids find in swimming and water play. A mesmerizing book that conjures up a summer day.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (4/1/21)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

An everyday visit to the pool transforms into an unforgettable celebration of the water in this remarkable picture book from Jacqueline Davies, the award-winning author of children's classic The Lemonade War, and Sonia Sánchez, the illustrator of Meg Medina's Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away. A day at the community pool is full of unwater magic--dunking and diving with friends; somersaulting, walking on your hands, and bursting up through the surface like a tortoise. But when a thunderstorm comes and a little brother ventures too close to the pool's edge, will our main character be quick enough and brave enough to save the day? In this energetic read-aloud, the words swim off the pages as the underwater world comes to life through lush, dynamic illustrations and visual poetry. Journey to an imaginative world where, always and forever, bubbles . . . rise . . . UP!

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