Parents' Guide to

When You Can Swim

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Amazing art shows diverse families and the wonder of water.

When You Can Swim book cover: A smiling Asian child with swim goggles on their forehead wearing a rainbow tank swim suit with blue water in the background

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The immersive illustrations are a perfect match for the inspiring, inclusive, warm words that are about more than just the mechanics of swimming. When You Can Swim focuses the reader on the physical feelings and the emotions that swimmers have when they're floating, diving, moving fast, and sitting still. Jack Wong's book is both calming and invigorating, helping readers imagine the feeling of being in the water and the endless possibilities swimming creates. This book inspires awe and is a great read aloud for asking questions and sparking memories about being in or near the water. The hope and wonder throughout this lovely picture book will stay with readers young and old long after the final page.

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