The pool can be intimidating for young children and it is important to find ways to introduce it to them in ways they can relate to and understand. Paw Elementary: Astoria Learns to Swim is a great way to talk to young children about what happens at swim lessons and how you can have fun in the pool, while also being safe. Astoria Learns to Swim is a fun and educational read for preschoolers, especially those who are already enrolled in swim lessons or who will be starting them soon!
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Astoria Learns to Swim | Children's Book Review
Astoria Learns to Swim: About the Book
Title: PAW ELEMENTARY: Astoria Learns to Swim
Written By: Katie Melko
Illustrated By: Roksana Oslizlo
After being invited to a pool party, Astoria heads to Aqua Pups for swim lessons!
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In order to prepare Astoria for her upcoming pool party her mom enrolls her in swim lessons at their local Aqua Pups!
Feeling apprehensive about getting in the pool is normal, luckily Astoria has a great swim instructor that helps calm her and soon she is ready to graduate the beginner class!
"Astoria walked down the stairs into the pool.
Astoria Learns to Swim is a fun story about animals learning to swim but it is also very educational.
The steps Astoria's parents take to introduce Astoria to the idea of swimming are steps parents actually take with their children; allowing children to play in the bathtub for an extended time and reading books about swim lessons.
Astoria Learns to Swim shows a slow progression of swim skills that are learned over time. This story does not make it seem that Astoria learns to swim overnight, it perfectly illustrates the time it takes to get comfortable and gain confidence in the water.
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Astoria Learns to Swim: My Thoughts
When reading Astoria Learns to Swim, I felt like I was watching my own children take swim lessons.
This book walks readers through swim lessons, explaining who everyone is (lifeguards, swim instructors), teaches pool safety tips (don't run by the pool), and shows very realistic skill progression from having Astoria start out nervously dipping her paw into the pool to putting her face under the water to blow bubbles.
My children enjoyed reading Astoria Learns to Swim because they've taken swim lessons themselves and they recognized some of the things Astoria learned as things that were covered in their own lessons.
The illustrations of Astoria and her friends are adorable and the images are brightly colored. They scenes are extremely detailed.
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Speaking of details, at times Astoria Learns to Swim can feel a bit wordy due to the amount of information that is covered.
As always, I like to mention if a children's book rhymes and this one does not. But the imagery is very engaging and I do believe it is enough to keep preschooler's attention.
Astoria Learns to Swim is a great way to introduce swim lessons to a child and help build excitement if they are starting them soon!
About the Author
Connecticut born and raised, Katie Melko has always been a creator. Despite a Masters in Dental Hygiene and working in the field for over 10 years, Katie's passion is writing. Her love of public health and building community have inspired her to find ways to contribute to the world on a greater level.
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