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Sergio Makes a Splash Hardcover – May 1, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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About the Author

Edel Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba. He left for America on a boat with his parents and sister when he was 8 years old. His drawings and illustrations have appeared in four picture books, including Float Like a Butterfly and Oye, Celia!, on stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, The New Yorker, and posters for Broadway shows. Edel has also been an art director at TIME Magazine for over a decade. He lives with his wife and daughter in New Jersey.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: AD490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Sergio
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316066168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316066167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Sergio loves water but not the deep kind. "When he's around water, Sergio can be: relaxed, happy, funny, playful and silly." Which makes sense because Sergio is a penguin from Argentina, down near the South Pole. His three favorite things are soccer, fish and water, especially water-but when his class goes swimming, Sergio is scared because he can't swim.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
In this adorable picture book, the title character, Sergio, a young penguin has a serious dilemma. He LOVES water--ice, baths, rain, puddles--but he doesn't love the "very deep kind." Why? Because he can't swim. Yep, that's right. Sergio is a penguin who can't swim. When his class goes on a field trip to the ocean, he is naturally frightened. But can a little encouragement from his teacher and classmates plus arm floaties, a snorkel, and life preserver give him the courage to jump in?

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.
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Not only is this an outstanding book for youngsters who have yet to take to the water, it is undeniably one of the best picture books released this year.

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.
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My daughter likes penguins and so it was easy to see this book would attract her.

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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