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Saturday Is Swimming Day

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New things can be scary -- but as one endearing little girl discovers, it's perfectly fine to take your time. Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday one little girl has a stomachache. When she gets to the pool it's loud, the floor is wet and slippery, and her swim cap is too tight. Her swimming instructor, Mary, says it's OK to sit by the edge if she doesn't New things can be scary -- but as one endearing little girl discovers, it's perfectly fine to take your time. Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday one little girl has a stomachache. When she gets to the pool it's loud, the floor is wet and slippery, and her swim cap is too tight. Her swimming instructor, Mary, says it's OK to sit by the edge if she doesn't want to get in the water this week. The next Saturday the girl has a stomachache again, but with Mary's gentle encouragement, she eventually manages to make it into the pool to practice her kicks. Little by little, the girl's confidence grows -- until one Saturday comes around when she has no stomachache at all! In a charming and relatable story about trying something new, author-illustrator Hyewon Yum shows that sometimes a little bravery and a lot of patience are all you need to face your fear.


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New things can be scary -- but as one endearing little girl discovers, it's perfectly fine to take your time. Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday one little girl has a stomachache. When she gets to the pool it's loud, the floor is wet and slippery, and her swim cap is too tight. Her swimming instructor, Mary, says it's OK to sit by the edge if she doesn't New things can be scary -- but as one endearing little girl discovers, it's perfectly fine to take your time. Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday one little girl has a stomachache. When she gets to the pool it's loud, the floor is wet and slippery, and her swim cap is too tight. Her swimming instructor, Mary, says it's OK to sit by the edge if she doesn't want to get in the water this week. The next Saturday the girl has a stomachache again, but with Mary's gentle encouragement, she eventually manages to make it into the pool to practice her kicks. Little by little, the girl's confidence grows -- until one Saturday comes around when she has no stomachache at all! In a charming and relatable story about trying something new, author-illustrator Hyewon Yum shows that sometimes a little bravery and a lot of patience are all you need to face your fear.

30 review for Saturday Is Swimming Day

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This book is totally terrific. I'm smitten with the illustrations, especially once the narrator gets to the pool—her and all the characters' gestures and expressions are perfect. The narrator is scared of swimming and gets a "stomachache" every Saturday. I so enjoyed seeing the MC gradually progress because of her patient teacher and then experience accomplishment and connection with others. A triumph and joy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    KC

    This is a great story of a young girl who needs to confront her fears of the swimming pool and was able to because of a kind and caring swim instructor. Being a former Aquatic Director, this is key to success.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Alex (not a dude) Baugh

    A young girl has been signed up by her mother for Saturday morning swimming lessons and she isn't very happy about it. The first Saturday, she says she has a stomachache, but with no fever, she is off to the pool. And spends the time standing by the wall, watching the other kids have fun during their lesson. The next week, she gets as far as sitting on the edge of the pool, watching the other kids have fun during their lesson. But the third week, Mary, the instructor, helps the girl get into the A young girl has been signed up by her mother for Saturday morning swimming lessons and she isn't very happy about it. The first Saturday, she says she has a stomachache, but with no fever, she is off to the pool. And spends the time standing by the wall, watching the other kids have fun during their lesson. The next week, she gets as far as sitting on the edge of the pool, watching the other kids have fun during their lesson. But the third week, Mary, the instructor, helps the girl get into the pool and by the end of the lesson, she is a more willing beginning swimmer (with lots more lessons to go). This is a sensitive, simple story about fear of the water, a fear that many young kids experience, and overcoming it. The real beauty of this story is not only that the girl gets past her fear and begins to enjoy learning to swim, but that the adults, her mom and Mary, don't pressure her, and let her come to the water in her own time. Hyewon Yum's watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are done in a palette of pool blues and tile whites, with lots of colorful bathing suits. Pair this book with Jabari Jumps for your young swimmers.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Young readers will relate to the topic. A good book to show that growth mindset can also occur over time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm a sucker for beautiful illustrations and I fell in love with Saturday is Swimming Day for that very reason. But this book is more than some pretty drawings. It's also a very sweet story about some things in life can be very scary, but with the right people and encouragement, we can do anything we set our minds to. A little girl has swimming lessons on Saturday but her stomach hurts so she really shouldn't go. Her mom checks her over and doesn't find anything wrong so she gets her swimming su I'm a sucker for beautiful illustrations and I fell in love with Saturday is Swimming Day for that very reason. But this book is more than some pretty drawings. It's also a very sweet story about some things in life can be very scary, but with the right people and encouragement, we can do anything we set our minds to. A little girl has swimming lessons on Saturday but her stomach hurts so she really shouldn't go. Her mom checks her over and doesn't find anything wrong so she gets her swimming suit packed and off to lessons they go. Luckily, our little girl has a very understanding teacher and lets her sit by the pool while she waits for her stomach to feel better. But it never feels better so she never gets in the pool. When the next Saturday comes around, our little girl has another stomach ache. This time, her teacher offers to hold her so she can practice some swimming like the other kids. With help and guidance, our little girl gains the confidence she needs to not be scared of the pool. With beautiful illustrations and simple text, this story will be very helpful to little ones who need some extra help feeling confident.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Saturday is Swimming Day is a story told by a little girl who is feeling uncertain about taking swimming lessons. On her calendar, the Saturdays are circled in red, marked off for time in the pool. Yum’s soft watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are a perfect match for the tentative mood of the narrative. At the beginning, as the little girl pretends to be sick to get out of going to swimming lessons, even her stuffed bear and the strawberry decorations on her bathing suit seem to be frow Saturday is Swimming Day is a story told by a little girl who is feeling uncertain about taking swimming lessons. On her calendar, the Saturdays are circled in red, marked off for time in the pool. Yum’s soft watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are a perfect match for the tentative mood of the narrative. At the beginning, as the little girl pretends to be sick to get out of going to swimming lessons, even her stuffed bear and the strawberry decorations on her bathing suit seem to be frowning. When the very small girl stands alone under the tall locker room shower against the blank white page, the reader can completely feel her discomfort and sadness. The story follows several weeks in which she watches the other children have fun and she receives calm support from the instructor until she is ready to participate. It’s a great depiction of adults giving a child time to get used to something and succeed on her own terms.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    When I was a little kid, swimming lessons were very scary for me. I was afraid to put my face in the water and I never truly believed I would float if the swimming teacher took her hands away. It wasn't until I was in fourth grade and some after school lessons at the YMCA that I finally learned how to swim. Young readers will be able to relate to the little girl in this awesome picture book. On Saturdays, she attends swimming lessons and she starts out with a stomachache each time, but the very When I was a little kid, swimming lessons were very scary for me. I was afraid to put my face in the water and I never truly believed I would float if the swimming teacher took her hands away. It wasn't until I was in fourth grade and some after school lessons at the YMCA that I finally learned how to swim. Young readers will be able to relate to the little girl in this awesome picture book. On Saturdays, she attends swimming lessons and she starts out with a stomachache each time, but the very patient teacher figures out a way to ease the little girl's fears until she is finally able to float on her own. The artwork, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, used soft and welcoming tones to tell this story of overcoming one's fears.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a WONDERFUL first time swim lessons book. Our character has realistic reactions and concerns, and the adults don't give her dumb adult reactions. It's wonderful. It's a slow confidence build that reflects real life instead of being insta-perfect at a new skill. My only complaint is the swim caps. Because nobody wears those.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    Talk about taking me back to my childhood! Author/illustrator, Hyewon Yum, wrote a book about me! Or so it seemed that way as I read it. I dreaded swim lessons and this lovely picture book is about just that. Filled with emotion and heart, this book is sure to help young ones who want to conquer their fears. Published by Candlewick Press. #PB #conqueringfears #swimming

  10. 3 out of 5

    Susan Kennedy

    This is a marvelous mentor text for primary students in narrative and small moments. With minimal words, the main character’s emotions and strategies are on clear display. Thanks Jennifer Serravallo for this recommendation from Summer Camp. Pair with Jabari Jumps for great kickstart of summer memories.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Amanda

    I took swimming lessons as a little, little kid on Saturdays and was terrified--the water was always freezing cold, the pool was gargantuan, and my tummy hurt the entire time. This book is so real for me; it's good to read something that shows kids triumphing over their fears.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    As a child, I would identify with the little girl who is afraid to swim and feels left out when all of the other children seem to have no fear. As an adult, I cried for the child, cheered for the child, and finally, just wanted to jump in the book and give her a great big hug!

  13. 3 out of 5

    Pam

    A young girl is scared to go swimming. She tries the stomach ache option but her mom takes her anyway. Eventually she discovers she can swim and likes being in the water. Lovely illustrations capture the emotions on each page.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Jill

    As a mother of a boy who is fearful of swimming, this was a wonderful book. We enjoyed reading together and talking about the character's feelings and her actions. It's a beautiful and realistic story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia

    This picturebook is a master class of baby's first Show-Don't-Tell. You can feel your own stomach knotting up as you read it. The art is done really well. A good book about overcoming anxieties, fears, and maybe even bad memories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbra

    This story is for every child afraid of swimming lessons, or trying other new things in their lives. Scared of entering the pool a young girl finds courage when her teacher gently teaches her she can do it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Anne

    A little girl faces her fear of swimming lessons with gentle guidance from her mother and Mary the instructor. This encouraging story would be useful for young children and a variety of fears or anxieties they may face.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Amy

    A little girl is so nervous that she gets "stomaches" every Saturday, just in time for her swimming lesson. But her swim instructor is great. She calmly shows her, over time, that she can float, kick and swim on her own. Any kid, whether or not they take swim lessons, can empathize with this story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    With the season of swimming lessons upon us, here is the perfect book to use with children who are NOT so sure they want anything to do with the water. Quiet and reassuring, Yum totally gets kids experiencing this fear.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really enjoyed this little story. A little girl is taking swimming lessons, but is very reluctant to do so. But over time, and with the help of her instructor, she overcomes her trepidation.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    A beautiful book about facing fears bit by bit. I adore the teacher who is so patient and supportive of this little girl as she learns to swim. Pair this with Jabari Jumps.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Sweet Story of a little girls fear of the unknown in taking swimming lessons! With the teachers assistance she becomes stronger and a little less fearful to learn to swim along with her friends!

  23. 3 out of 5

    Sarah

    Perfect book for any nervous first-time swimmers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Jean Lareau

    Dynamic watercolor and colored pencils illustrations capture the unsaid fear of water and the gentle teaching that helps our protagonist overcome it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Syntha Green

    Beautiful illustrations accompany this story of a girl's gradual acclimation to swim lessons.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Lori

    Such a great snapshot of getting over the discomfort of learning something new.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

    Sweet story with lovely, soothing illustrations. The text is a bit slow/uneven and doesn't lend itself to reading out loud.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Wazzan

    Great for kids who are starting swim lessons.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Nice learning how to swim book. Also a gentle explanation of anxiety. Learning to swim

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison Volz

    As someone who has always worked at pools and taught swimming lessons I love this take on being afraid of something new. Maybe I should start a swim time story time during the summer. 😀🏊🏼♀🏊🏾♂ As someone who has always worked at pools and taught swimming lessons I love this take on being afraid of something new. Maybe I should start a swim time story time during the summer. 😀🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏾‍♂️

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