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Sergio Makes a Splash Hardcover – May 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (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: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Can't wait for Rodriguez's next book.
Jianni
I found the text to be simple and it's a good book for a learning reader to try out.
Mathew A. Shember
It's has beautiful graphic illustrations and tells a cute story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on June 17, 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Well-Read Child on July 2, 2008
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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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. He loves all the pictures, and we've read it so many times he has started to memorize it. It's has beautiful graphic illustrations and tells a cute story. An absolute favorite in our house!
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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. My two three-year-olds enjoyed reading it but haven't asked for it more than a couple times. It's not a favorite, but still very cute. I bought it at a steep discount, so I'm happy with the purchase.
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By Homeschool Mom on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.
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