In the Swim

Paperback | April 28, 2001

byDouglas Florian

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Grab your snorkel and splash along with outrageous underwater creatures!in the swim. Children will delight in the playful, witty language of twenty-one lively poems while they learn about their ocean and freshwater friends.

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Grab your snorkel and splash along with outrageous underwater creatures!in the swim. Children will delight in the playful, witty language of twenty-one lively poems while they learn about their ocean and freshwater friends.

DOUGLAS FLORIAN is the creator of many acclaimed poetry picture books, including lizards, frogs, and polliwogs, a Child Magazine Best Book of the Year; mammalabilia, an ABA's Pick of the Lists; and insectlopedia, a New York Times bestseller, ALA Notable Children's Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives with his fam...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.75 × 9.75 × 0.26 inPublished:April 28, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0152024379

ISBN - 13:9780152024376

Appropriate for ages: 6

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Grade 2-6, Twenty-one lighthearted poems about fish. Florian, whose previous collections about the denizens of land and air have delighted many, dives into the deep with equally felicitous results. In the Swim casts a humorous eye on such familiar creatures as the whale, the oyster, the eel, and the skate. What's unusual here is the sheer, unforced playfulness, the ease and fluidity informing both verse and pictures. Few readers will be able to resist the starfish sporting huge sunglasses who declares, "And though it's true/I have no brain,/I'm still a star?/I can't complain." The collection also contains some examples of concrete poetry such as the sawfish whose verse zigzags down the page. The poems appear singly on stark, white sheets, each facing its own full-page watercolor illustration done in muted, watery tones. And what zany illustrations they are. A flounder doubles as a dish; sea horses are complete with bridles and saddles. In the Swim will work equally well for story hours, poetry-writing sessions, or one-on-one sharing. Many poetry books for children touch upon marine life. This one, like the rainbow trout on the penultimate page, is definitely "Divine!/Delish!" -Ellen D. Warwick, Winchester Public Library, MA