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Beat the Heat

  • Details about Unsinkable!


    by Larry Dane Brimner; illustrated by Christine Tripp

    With the encouragement of the other Corner Kids, Alex keeps trying until he is able to swim all the way across the pool.…more

  • Details about Blackout


    by John Rocco

    One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner. What's a family to do? When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights--in stars that can be seen for a change--and so many neighbors it's like a block party in the sky! On the street below, people are having just as much fun--talking, rollerblading, and eating ice cre……more

  • Details about Otter Everywhere

    Otter Everywhere

    by Christine Webster; illustrated by Tim Nihoff

    On the wildly popular show Iron Chef America , Cat Cora uses her instincts to transform random ingredients into exciting creations on a moment's notice. In this book, she turns her eye to some of our most popular dishes to make them faster, fresher, and lighter. These are the swift meals that Cat relies on when she comes home from work to cook for her own family: Greek-Style Nachos, Grilled Chili-Lime Flank Steak Soft Tacos, Crispy Baked Fish Stix with Mustard Dipping Sauce, Quick Chicken Curry ……more

  • Details about Swim, Boots, Swim!

    Swim, Boots, Swim!

    Dora the Explorer

    It's a beautiful day and Dora invites Boots to go swimming with her. Boots doesn't know how to swim, but Dora's friend Mariana the Mermaid is happy to give Boots a lesson.…more

  • Details about Olvina Swims

    Olvina Swims

    by Grace Lin

    Olvina the plucky chicken is back for another adventure! Olvina can swim about as well as she can fly, but her reluctance to swim hasn't been a problem until she's on vacation in Hawaii with her friend Hailey. Will Olvina let her fear of the water spoil her fun? Not with Hailey on the job. Children (as well as chickens) may find learning to swim a daunting challenge. This reassuring story shows that with a little courage, lots of practice, and the help of a good friend, one can accomplish just a……more

  • Details about Honk Honk! Beep Beep!

    Honk Honk! Beep Beep!

    words and pictures by Daniel Kirk

    Honk Honk! Beep Beep! Father and child rise early for a trip to watch the sunrise on the mountaintop. Along the way they meet many friendly faces, some headed the same direction, and others in their own vehicles-big rigs, bulldozers and trains--with their own places to go and things to do. Nothing beats the start of a brand new day, especially when there are many vehicles to spot along the way. With a simple, playful text and boldly colored, toy-like illustrations, Daniel Kirk captures the fun o……more

  • Details about Summer is Summer

    Summer is Summer

    Phillis and David Gershator ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall

    School is out and it's the perfect time to explore the magic of summer! What is summer? For so many children summer is lemonade and salty air, baseball and ice cream, fireflies and starry nights, and much, much more. Join four friends as they explore the outdoor world of summer and all its sensory pleasures. Phillis and David Gershator's evocative language and Sophie Blackall's imaginative pictures celebrate this fun-filled season.…more

  • Details about Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip

    Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip

    by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

    It's the day all baby penguins are going to learn to swim, but Little Pip is afraid.... Nothing scares Little Pip more than the thought of swimming in the deep dark ocean -- she would much rather learn to fly just like other birds do. But soon it comes time for all the young penguins to learn how to swim, and while Little Pip might not be able to fly the way she wants to, she discovers she can soar in ways she never thought possible. Following the success of Where Is Home, Little Pip? comes this……more

  • Details about Summer Beat

    Summer Beat

    by Betsy Franco; illustrated by Charlotte Middleton

    Clackity-clack, clackity-clack. A skateboard flies over sidewalk squares. Whoosh pumf, whoosh pumf. Water balloons tossed through the air. Bizzle-bzzz, bizzle-bzzz. A bumblebee comes zipping by. Tzooooooooooo bang. Tzooooooooooo bang. Fireworks start for the Fourth of July! The sounds of summer sizzle and pop in this bouncing, swinging tribute to the best beats of every child's favorite season.…more

  • Details about Froggy Learns To Swim

    Froggy Learns To Swim

    by Jonathan London; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

    Everyone knows that frogs are great swimmers--everyone, that is, except Froggy, who's afraid of the water. Froggy's mother knows how to cure that--a little instruction, a lot of patience and soon even Froggy can master the simplest of strokes, the frog kick. Watercolor, gouache and colored-pencil illustrations.…more

  • Details about Little Loon and Papa

    Little Loon and Papa

    by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by Margaret Spengler

    It's time for diving lessons, but Little Loon is too nervous. When Papa shows him how to tuck in his feathers and dip down into the water, Little Loon rushes away without trying. But then&150GRUFFLE, SNUFFLE, GROWL!&150things become even more startling when Papa's not close by. And as Little Loon hears the reassuring call of his father, he's finally ready to take his first dive. This warm, genuine tale of fatherly guidance and support is just right for Father's Day&150or any day when a young rea……more

  • Details about Splish, Splash, Splat!

    Splish, Splash, Splat!

    by Rob Scotton

    Splat does not want to have a playdate with Spike. Spike will break his toys and eat all of his candy fish! And he does not want to learn how to swim-water is horrible, scary, and wet! He's sure that this is going to be the worst day ever. But when the rest of their classmates rush straight into the pool, Splat and Spike find that they may have more in common than they thought. Will Splat overcome his fear of water and get into the pool? And how can he help Spike to do the same?…more

  • Details about Maisy Learns to Swim

    Maisy Learns to Swim

    by Lucy Cousins

    Maisy ventures into the water in a story sure to make a splash with young children who are learning to swim. Today Maisy is going swimming for the first time, and she is a little nervous. Good thing Eddie and Tallulah are coming, too. Eddie is a natural, but Maisy and Tallulah get into the pool slowly -- ooh, it's freezing! But soon they are kicking and floating and even blowing bubbles with the rest. Whether water-shy or raring to go, young readers will find much to relate to as Maisy experienc……more