Review: Brave in the Water

Title: Brave in the Water
Author: Stephanie Wildman
Illustrator: Jenni Feidler-Aguilar
Age: 4-8

Summer has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere! And what do we do in the summer (apart from eating ice cream and drinking cocktails)? We go swimming! If you’re lucky enough to be able to swim, you no doubt know how fun and refreshing it can be. But many people – kids and adults – are afraid of the water. The book that I’m reviewing today, Brave in the Water is about precisely this topic.

Diante is scared to go in the pool, although he wishes he could splash about and play in the water like the other children. But when he tells Grandma his fear, he’s surprised to learn that she’s afraid of something too. With the help of deep breathing – prayanama – Diante and Grandma learn to conquer their fears together.

This beautifully written book, featuring a brown-skinned protagonist, is perfect for kids who are nervous of the water. The yoga element, displayed in the deep breathing exercises and Grandma’s field of interest, add an extra layer to an already delightful story, while the rich, vibrant illustrations bring it to life.

Back matter includes important water safety rules and notes from the author.

Brave in the Water was released on 27th April 2021. Many thanks to Stephanie Wildman and Lawley Enterprises LLC for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

You can get hold of a copy by clicking one of the links below:

Book Depository
IndieBound
B&N
Bookshop.org
Amazon.com

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