cover image Swim!


Marilyn Brigham, illus. by Eric Velasquez. Marshall Cavendish, $7.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-7614-6253-8

In Velasquez’s milky oil paintings, a raven-haired brother, sister, and mother go swimming in a pool. Brigham’s text is limited to two-word exclamatory phrases, one per spread: “Jump in!/ Swim! Swim!/ Splish! Splash!” The intimate view of the family at play makes the churning, turquoise water appear as vast as an ocean, while the watchful mother’s tender expressions assure protection and security. Ages 1–3. (May)