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A Child's Way to Water PlayA Child’s Way to Water Play

This book is pretty good for content. As a fan of swimming, (and safety!) this book shows parents and educators how water play can do a lot for child development and allay fears of water. All good stuff.

However, I am not a big fan of the cover art and I think the illustrations are a bit hokey for a book geared to educators and parents. Thankfully, Shank has upgraded to new edition for 2013. I think we can safely weed this edition for the newer, prettier one.

Serious weeding tip of the day:  If the authors and publishers think it needs updating, that should be your first clue to update your own copy.


Shower Fear

Flotation Devices

Swimming Lessons

Learning at home or outside


    1. We can’t avoid inadvertent double entendre, we can just weed the books that become too badly compromised.

  1. I need to write a book–something along the lines of “A Child’s Guide to Scrubbing the Grout and Scum in The Shower to be Helpful to Mommy and Daddy…or something like that.

      1. Mommy is an Ebonics-speaking drunk who has a job outside the house and Daddy was a lazy concentration camp guard, so you have to clean the shower and pool and kitchen and everything, or your retarded brother will throw a pillow at the furnace and burn down the house so you have to go to a satanistic foster home and get molested. There, does that hit all her bases?

        1. You left out alarming talking animals. It needs a sheep or a dove offering unhelpful words of comfort every couple of pages. And if there are no hideous pastel drawings, I will demand my money back!

  2. I kind of like the cartoony illustrations. After all, it’s called Water Play, not Water Work. 🙂

  3. This is literally my new favorite website. I’m working towards being a librarian and this encourages me that it’s going to be pretty fun. 🙂

    1. Fun is a function of your outlook to a great degree, but also funding, patrons, co workers and the physical plant. Enjoy your trip (:

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