By Sue Farrell Holler

To the Pool with Mama

Picture Book | Illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis
Published by Annick Press

Going to the swimming pool is an adventure, especially when you are small enough to fit in the lockers and stand beneath the hair dryer. Full of texture and love, join John J. as he explores the “big bathtub for lots of kids.”


  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Award
  • “Year’s Best 2000,” Resource Links

There is a certain beauty to a good story simply told. Farrell’s prose deftly captures the pure joy a toddler can wring out of packing a beach bag, playing hide and seek, puddling about in a kiddie’s pool, and even standing in front of an electric hair dryer.

– Canadian Book Review Annual


The language is so playful and the illustrations so amusing that the story is delightful to read.

– Jill Bryant,

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