Eva’s Imagination

Children - Educational
42 Pages
Reviewed on 08/11/2022
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Teaching your children how to swim and about safety is the best way to protect them around pools. Patricia Smith has written several books on children and swimming and in Eva's Imagination, Patricia (Ms. Pat) teaches little three-year-old Eva the basics of swimming. As Eva goes through the swimming lessons, she also learns water safety. Eva uses her imagination to conjure up different creatures such as sea turtles and elephants to make her classes more exciting. Learning how to swim involves learning how to trust. Your swim instructor must be someone you can depend on. Reading this book to your young child can help them learn how to be imaginative, which is part of a child’s learning as they explore the world around them. While parents enjoy spending time at the pool with their children, it is the wise parent who allows a certified instructor to teach the child how to swim.

My mother’s solution to pool safety was, “Never go near the water until you know how to swim.” Her point was that learning to be a good swimmer is vital. Young children should never be allowed to be near a pool alone, which is one of the safety rules that Eva learned. Eva’s Imagination by Patricia Smith is an exciting book encouraging your children to learn to swim. The illustrations in this book are delightful. Children will enjoy pointing out the various animals that Eva imagines in the water with her. While I learned to swim in a class with at least 8 children, I liked the way Ms. Pat taught Eva individually. Personal instruction allows for structuring the lessons to the individual needs of each child.

Michaela Gordoni

Eva’s Imagination by Patricia Smith is about a 3-year-old girl who has a beautiful imagination. While Eva chats about her imaginary ocean, Ms. Pat teaches her pool lessons. Eva turns clouds into cotton candy, races like a race car, and shapes her hand like an ice cream scoop. It is hard to stay focused when your head is full of mermaid tales, sea turtles, seals, ice cream, and jelly beans. With Ms. Pat's help, Eva will surely learn to swim, mermaid tale or not!

I enjoyed this colorful children’s book about learning to swim and water safety. Eva’s Imagination has real-life images along with creative illustrations that let you peek into Eva’s mind. If your little one is learning to swim, this is the perfect book for them. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children in America, so teaching children how to swim should be a high priority for many parents. Patricia Smith has skillfully composed the book to also be a great example for swim instructors, who need to have a lot of patience when training little ones. She did a fantastic job of describing how to swim in simple language that even a toddler can grasp. The challenge of creating children's novels is holding a kid's interest, but I think she achieved this by using engaging images and a relatable story. Ideal for ages 2-5, Eva and Ms. Pat will show you how much fun swimming is while giving some important swimming tips and rules that kids should follow.

Amy Louise Hill

Eva's Imagination by Patricia Smith is an educational picture book for young children. If your child doesn't yet know how to swim, then this book will be perfect for preparing them for the real thing. One day, a young girl named Eva attends her first ever swimming lesson. Eva meets her instructor Ms. Pat and can't wait to get started. Eva enters the pool and begins learning her first stroke. Ms. Pat compares it to an ice cream scoop because you have to scoop your arms under the water. This helps Eva and she picks it up quickly. With each stroke, Eva's imagination runs wild, as she compares them to turtles, seals, and even mermaids! There is plenty to be learned from this fun book, so why not join Eva in her journey of learning to swim?

Eva's Imagination is a useful and imaginative book to read. We all worry about our little one's safety, especially when it comes to water and that's why I'm grateful for books like Eva's Imagination. This book will teach children how to swim and educate them on pool rules in a fun and easy way. The writing is simple and will allow children to soak up the important information the author has provided more easily. Patricia Smith is talented at transferring her skills to paper and I know for sure that parents will appreciate every word she has written. I hope to see more from Patricia soon and wish her all the best.