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Sidney Won't Swim

Sidney Won't Swim

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Hilde Schuurmans
Illustrator: Hilde Schuurmans
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 1-57091-476-1
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Children are often wary of new experiences. Sometimes they are downright scared, just like the dog hero Sidney in this cautionary tale. Terrified by his teacher's announcement "Don't forget to bring your swimsuits. Tomorrow is your first swimming lesson!", Sidney proclaims angrily that "Swimming is the dumbest thing in the world." When he fails in all his attempts to avoid the lesson, his understanding swimming teacher allows him to watch from the edge of the pool. But his friends have other ideas. Any child who has been in Sidney's predicament--being scared and being afraid to admit it--will be riveted by his ordeal and its happy denouement.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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