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Swimming, Swimming

Illustrated by Gary Clement

  • 48 Pages
  • 9781554984503
  • 12" x 9.25"
  • from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Water Sports



Publication Date April 24, 2015

Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

The illustrations show a young boy and his friends spending a carefree day at the neighborhood pool. We see them walk to the pool together, change into their trunks and then spend hours swimming, cavorting, splashing and diving. The pool is full of moms, dads, other kids and babies, all enjoying a chance to cool off on a hot summer day. The boy returns home, tired but happy, and falls asleep holding onto his goggles in anticipation of another delightful day at the pool.

Includes a short explanation of the hand gestures for the song and a link to a video demonstration.


Gary Clement
Gary Clement is an award-winning author and illustrator. He has won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Great Poochini and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for Just Stay Put, and Oy, Feh, So by Cary Fagan. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Gary lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.


"Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T." Kirkus Reviews

"Filled with incredible detail that children . . . will adore." Children's Bookwatch

"The joy of swimming, of friendship, and of summer (and of the community pool!) are wonderfully represented . . . an absolutely perfect book for beginning readers." CM Magazine

"the story of an ordinary day spent at the community pool by a bunch of earnest and ardent kid swimmers." New York Times

"The entertaining energy of youth never stops and Clements’ pages are appropriately always in motion . . . You’re going to want to dive back in again and again." BookDragon

"Exuberant cartoon paintings bring the traditional children’s song—and the perfect summer’s day—to vivid life. . . . A cheerful choice for at-home sing-alongs or making a splash during storytime." School Library Journal