- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Series: Life's Little Lessons By Ellie the Wienerdog
- Hardcover: 36 pages
- Publisher: Open Door Press, Inc. (June 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942264038
- ISBN-13: 978-1942264033
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's Hard to Swim (Ellie the Wienerdog series): Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #2 Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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About the Author
Kim Hales is the founder of Open Door Press, Inc. and the author of the children's book series Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wiener Dog.
After a career in the corporate business world, she was inspired to return to her passion for story and art, by of all things - her wiener dog. Shortly after Ellie came into her life, Kim picked up a yellow note pad and began writing humorous stories and doodles about the daily problems and perils of being a ''wiener dog.''
As the number of stories grew so did Kim's desire to share ''Life's Little Lessons'' with the world. She established Open Door Press to do just that.
Kim lives in Southern California with her husband, her muse Ellie the Wienerdog, and Ellie's little sisters, Ruby and Pepper.
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Top Customer Reviews
Not only is it hard to be good but, heavens, it's hard to swim! Ellie is happily playing along and comes to the end of the dock...NOPE not gonna go in the water! Until she gets a little surprise and realizes that with a little practice and help she can do it and have fun!
Again, lots of great illustrations and rhyming prose. I loved all the illustrations with Ellie in the water and with the other water creatures. The ending was pretty cute too, Ellie gets to share her learning with others!
I don't know about you but we've had dogs who have reacted both positively and negatively with regards to water. We love camping and are constantly at the lake fishing during the summer and one dog LOVED being in the water, she'd dive out in it and swim and have a blast. But our dog that we have now is a little adverse to the water. She really wants the stick at the edge of the water and does this bunny hop thing to get to it and come bounding out as soon as she gets her stick. The first time we saw it(and each subsequent time) we laughed until our sides hurt! I couldn't help but think about those memories while reading this cute story!
My family and I are really enjoying this series and will keep watching for more!
Definitely a fun series that I recommend for families with children and of course families with dogs (or even those without).
Someone puts a life jacket on her and puts her into the water. Here is where we have a problem. Ellie goes through a series of thoughts about not being able to be found, spooky creatures, and more.
We feel that, unless your child is already a swimmer and very familiar with the water and swimming, this might not be the book for your child.
The story turns out all right. Ellie is thinking about possibly teaching fish to sit. This is good, but we are concerned with the apprehension that might be stirred up in a child because of Ellie’s fears.
The story is cute and the illustrations are great. We give this book five stars. We caution parents to be careful with children who might be sensitive to Ellie’s fears and might not be able to see that the outcome of the book is positive.
Ellie imagines all sorts of fears when her "people" think she should swim. There are too many frightening possibilities beneath the surface of the water.
This book is good for parents and grandparents to read aloud and a great addition to any library. It is a fun book to read and I gave it five stars.
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Greenleaf Book Group, Open Door Press, Inc. and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: It's Hard to Swim (Ellie the Wienerdog series): Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #2
In the end she discovers she can swim. She loves swimming!
This well-written children's book is fun and teaches children that new things are worth trying. Especially if you are convinced you cannot do it!
The illustrations are fantastic. Bright, colorful and perfectly compliment the story. This series is a great addition to a child's library to enjoy over and over again.
I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review.