From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Will and his mother prepare for an afternoon excursion by packing a picnic lunch, putting on their helmets, and riding their bikes to the beach. Their decision to swim is not thwarted by rain (something that sends the other beach goers to safety); Will and Mama swim and come out when the shower stops. The cartoon figures filled in with soft watercolors are pleasant except for the bright red slash that is Mama's mouth. The translation is wooden and could cause confusion (Will brings his "swim ring"). With fine beach books like Evan Levine's Not the Piano, Mrs. Medley! (Orchard, 1991) and Judith Richardson's The Way Home (Macmillan, 1994), this one is a marginal purchase.Ann Cook, Winter Park Public Library, FL
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3^-5. Young Will and his mother pack a lunch, and they bicycle down to the beach. Everything looks fine until Mama says, "Let's practice swimming today." Suddenly the beach seems crowded, rain starts to fall, and Will is cold. When he tests the water, though, Will finds it warm and welcoming. Soon he's taking tentative swimming strokes and feeling good about his progress. The story line may be slight, but this picture book will please many preschoolers with its understated depiction of familiar emotions. The ink drawings, brightened with delicate watercolor washes, deftly express nuances of action and feeling. A pleasant excursion for children who enjoyed Will's New Cap
(1992), Will Gets a Haircut
(1993), and Will Goes to the Post Office
(1994). Carolyn Phelan