Leo Can Swim
by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ruth Hearson
In his latest adventure, Leo, little brother of Lola from Lola Loves Stories and Lola Loves the Library, and star of Leo Loves Baby Time, joins a swim class with his dad.
About the Illustrations
As in Leo Loves Baby Time, artist Ruth Hearson uses soft colors and warm, cheerful faces to illustrate Leo's story. The pictures show diverse parent/child pairings - moms and dads, with boys and girls - enjoying themselves at swim class. The pages alternate between close-ups of Leo and his friends and group scenes of the babies going "swish and swoosh" and "splish and sploosh" in the pool, and later, washing off and heading out for a snack. The art perfectly suits the text, and the target age group, who would certainly enjoy looking at these images during story time.
The straightforward text is very easy to read aloud, and it works nicely as an introduction to swim class for young children about to attend for the first time. Its focus on father/son bonding, make it a perfect choice for dads to read aloud to their babies, and also a good option for Father's Day story times.
This book is a great fit for this summer's On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! theme. It will appeal to fans of the previous Leo book, as well as to any family taking an infant to swim lessons this summer.
I received a digital ARC of Leo Can Swim from Charlesbridge via NetGalley.