Pool by JiHyeon Lee (2015).
This picture book! That arresting cover delivers on its promises. Beauty, whimsy, stillness, imagination. A blue, blue pool.
There are no words and Lee doesn’t need them to tell her story. Come see!
A boy. An empty pool. You know that feeling, right? It’s all to yourself. The possibility. The play. And then. The crowd. The pool floats. The shouting, running mass. The pool is completely full.
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Not the underneath though. The goggled boy dives underneath those kicking, floating feet. And there’s another goggled girl deep down in the pool.
They swim in a new world only they know is there full of the most strangely shaped fish— tubes and blobs and even a beautiful white-haired whale with an underbite.
These two swimmers share something special. They’ll remove their goggles and shake out their hair and be different than when they first dove in.
Big thanks to Chronicle Books for images!
Pool floats in honor of Pool!
The classic swan.
The super popular donut float.
Yep. Dots pool float.