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Kids Fiction 158
picture book about overcoming fears
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
BERNARD MAKES A SPLASH is an overall cute story about stepping outside of your comfort zone. Bernard practices diving whenever he can, and he dreams about entering the big contest at the pool where he works. Divers come from around the world to compete in the competition, and Bernard may miss his chance out of fear for performing in front of others- until someone encourages him and he takes the leap.

What I loved: The story is good at discussing the need for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying the things you enjoy. Even if you don't win, you can be proud that you tried. This message can be important for little ones, and the rhyming phrases add to the fun of the book. The font is easy to read aloud, and the rhyming nature adds a nice melody.

What left me wanting more: The phrases can be awkward at times, and the illustrations were a bit like sketches. I would have also appreciated if Bernard's motivation came from within, but it's also nice to show the value of encouraging others.

Final verdict: Overall, BERNARD MAKES A SPLASH is a fun book about taking chances and following your dreams.
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