Perfect Picture Book Friday! Pool by JiHyeon Lee

19 Sep

Sorry I’m late about this! School got in the way! 😉

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I am a fan of really well done wordless picture books!


By JiHyeon Lee
56 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on May 5, 2015

Theme/Topic- Imagination/Creativity/Friendship

Genre- Fiction/Wordless

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “” [Wordless]

Synopsis: From Goodreads; “What happens when two shy children meet at a very crowded pool? Dive in to find out! Deceptively simple, this masterful book tells a story of quiet moments and surprising encounters, and reminds us that friendship and imagination have no bounds.

Why I liked this book-  This is a marvelous wordless picture book. It really encompasses unlikely friendships and the creativity in them, as such. Ms. Lee is a great artist. Her art masterfully tells a story that is an inspiring adventure. The artwork is just stunning. The illustrations show that, with friends, you can do anything, and have a lot of fun. The art makes great use of white space, and has a really cool vibe to them. I recommend this book, and I look forward to more books by Ms. Lee.

Activities and Resources-

Take an ordinary circumstance, and then create something amazing from it, much like the MC in this book.

Try telling a story in only pictures. Kids can draw their own pictures or cut them out of magazines. Paste them together to make a story of your own.

You can get free wallpaper images of the book from Chronicle books – click HERE

There is also a great blog post over at Chronicle about how to read wordless picture books with kids – click HERE

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

7 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Pool by JiHyeon Lee”

  1. Catherine Johnson September 19, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    I feel like I’ve seen that cover. What a great concept and I love wordless ones. Great review, Erik!


  2. Giovannoni Claudine September 19, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    I love the drawing on the cover… and yes! it’s really appealing! It’s a lovely review… thanks :-)claudine


  3. Dr Niamh September 19, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    This looks gorgeous. And yes! School does seem to get in the way of a lot of things!


  4. marlainagray September 19, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    I totally agree with you – this is a beautiful book!


  5. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews September 20, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    I got ya’ on this one Erik!! 🙂
    Pool is a beautiful book. I loved the humor and the gorgeous underwater world the kids explore. Good choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday. But I still gotcha! 😆


  6. Joanne Fritz September 21, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Wordless picture books never used to appeal to me. Then I read FLOTSAM by David Wiesner, which won a Caldecott Medal. When handled properly, wordless stories can be compelling and moving.

    And no need to apologize because school got in the way. 🙂 (You know what Mark Twain said about school, right? “I’ve never let school interfere with my education.”)


  7. Patricia Tilton September 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Sorry, I missed that you reviewed a book. This wordless book looks beautiful! Great review.


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