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Sergio Makes a Splash Hardcover – May 1, 2008
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Sergio's friends quickly hop in but Sergio holds back, despite having on his floaties. Finally Sergio jumps in "but his aim is a bit off." He bumps and rolls into the ocean and disappears. Mrs. Waddle and his friends wait-and finally Sergio pops to the surface. Sergio discovers he loves the ocean and can't wait to come back. "That was better than the rain, puddles, and a cold bath all put together," says Sergio.
Edel Rodriguez wonderful illustrations work brilliantly with the charming text of Sergio Makes a Splash! The illustrations, created with oil-based woodblock ink, are printed in aqua, yellow and black, ensuring the colors pop and attract children's attention. The first illustration diagramming "Sergio" is especially captivating, pointing out his height (1 foot), weight (1 pound), his curious smile and perky "wings." The text is printed in large letters and some are included in the illustrations as dialogue bubbles.
Sergio Makes a Splash! is perfect for children worried about trying something new, especially swimming. As Sergio says on the back cover, "This is a great book! It's all about me!" Children are sure to agree.
Armchair Interviews also agrees.
Edel Rodriguez's oil-based woodblock ink and digital media illustrations are fun and charming, and children will be drawn in by the bright aqua blue of the ocean that is the background throughout the book. And seriously...who can resist a penguin with arm and ankle floaties, a snorkle, and a polka-dotted life preserver?
This is a very fun book that could help give kids the courage to try something they may be afraid of, including taking that first plunge into the pool.
Sergio is an equal opportunity water lover. He drinks it, bathes in it, and ice skates on it. There is only one version of water he is opposed to - the really deep kind. Sergio is a penguin who can't swim. On a class trip to the ocean, he comes prepared with all the buoyant equipment you could think of (see the cover above). When Sergio's classmates all start jumping in, he's not quick to follow. With some convincing and some guts, Sergio takes the plunge and discovers what he's been missing.
"Sergio Makes a Splash" incorporates a nice mix of storytelling methods. The first page contains a diagram to explain Sergio's physical characteristics. Symbols are used to represent what our hero dreams about at night (soccer, fish, and water). A traditional narrator explains the action, but characters speak in word bubbles. This variation keeps the interest high.
The illustrations are outstanding. Unique and nice to look at. Let's hear about them from Edel Rodriguez himself:
"The entire book is printed in three color Pantone inks which makes the colors really pop. I'm very happy with the way the printing turned out."
Same here. The way splashing water is represented when Sergio comes up for air toward the end is notably inventive. White splattered paint explodes on the page (click on the Edel Rodriguez blog link below to see a number of images from the book).
While he has illustrated children's books before, this is Mr. Rodriguez's first time wearing the author's hat as well. Impressive debut. "Sergio Makes a Splash" is a refreshing release.
Sergio is a penguin who lives in Argentina down near the South Pole. He likes many things and as expected he likes water. Well not the deep kind as he can't swim. One day his class heads for the beach and Serigio puts on two sets of floaties(one for his feet), a tube and a snorkel. His friends try to point out the water he has been in such as a bath but he won't go in. They jump in the water to show him it's ok but he still won't go in. Eventually, he closes his eyes, goes to jump but falls in the water with a giant splash. He likes it!
Overall this is a cute book with great artwork. The fact he wore floaties and an inner tube made my girl smile. The message of trying something scary is evident but I don't think my daughter noticed it. I found the text to be simple and it's a good book for a learning reader to try out. However, I don't know if it will be read multiple times as my girl was not interested in it after she read it. Still it's worth reading at least once.
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Best book ever the greatest book made by man kind there is not a better book in the whole worldPublished 16 months ago by Stephanie Comer
My 2.5 year old son LOVES this book. It's the perfect book to read out loud to a young child because it is just the right amount of words to keep his attention. Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by LMGREVIEW
Sergio Makes a Splash is a simple story about a penguin who loves the water but cannot swim. The illustrations in this book are really cute and unique. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by L. Prescott
This is a funny story of a penguin who is afraid of the ocean. It makes a very funny story. Great read aloud and/or easily adaptable for family readers theater.Published on June 1, 2009 by Homeschool Mom
Finally--a charming tale that doesn't involve abuelitas, tamales or pinatas. I publish The Latinidad List, an annual round-up of the best books by and/or for Latinos, and Sergio... Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by Marcela Landres