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 Whale in my swimming pool
 Author: Wan, Joyce

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2015)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 895792 ISBN: 9780374300371
 Ages: 2-6 Grades: K-1

 Whales -- Fiction
 Swimming pools -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

A young boy discovers a whale in his pool and tries everything he can think of to get it out.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 173613

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/15)
   School Library Journal (04/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—Wan's illustrations of rounded figures in bright colors demonstrate her professed inspiration from Japanese pop culture. A toddler in red swim trunks races outside to enjoy his blow-up pool, only to find an enormous blue whale in blissful residence. His mother's response to "Mooooooom, there's a whale in my swimming pool" is "Great honey. Don't forget about sunscreen," so the child attempts relocation via bribery, polite suggestion, and a game of fetch. He even employs a crane—which breaks. He finally decides to share the pool by climbing on the whale, and enjoys riding on its water spout. Unfortunately, when naptime arrives, the child discovers a snoring bear in his bed. Large, colorful illustrations set against ample space make this appropriate for group sharing. VERDICT Though this tale is a bit formulaic, some droll touches, such as the shark in the neighbor's pool, keep it fun.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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