Reviews in Brief: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

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As a child, I spent hours and hours in our family swimming pool pretending to be a mermaid, undertaking “Jacques Cousteau missions”, and embarking on deep-sea treasure hunts. Sometimes, I would hold myself still underwater and simply enjoy the quiet. Our girls can both now swim underwater on their own (a recent development) and I am already seeing their imaginations explode with the possibilities.

Pool, by JiHyeon Lee, delves into the very same possibilities, seemingly dormant in the minds of children, waiting to unfold with exposure to water. Water swirls with mystery and an encounter between two, accidental explorers at an overcrowded public pool opens the door to some of the most amazing, wordless illustrations I’ve seen in a picture book.

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About Stephanie Cummings

Stephanie Cummings is a former BBC Journalist sharing her lifetime love of children's literature and illustration with her two young daughters -- and now with you, too, through Two in a Tepee. Stephanie has an academic background at the undergraduate level in literature and has master's degrees in both anthropology (material and visual culture) and design. She started her professional life in an art gallery and ended up producing radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, before deciding to become a stay at home mum. She lives with her handsome husband (who is sometimes invited into the tepee) in leafy north London.

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