Bernard Makes a Splash
Bernard has been the manager of the local swimming pool for a long time, and practices his diving at night when no one else is around. When his pool holds a contest for high-diving hounds from around the world, he hopes that he can work up enough courage to compete. This lovely story from the author of The Wobbly Waitressis a heartwarming tale about trying new things, even when we might need some help to find the courage to do them.
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.