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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Swoosh and Slide Search and Glide by Gail Kamer follows the adventures of a cute little alligator called Bess as she explores the river bank, endlessly searching for something special. Her journey takes her along the riverbank and we have to look for clues to solve the mystery. Her tail swooshes around as she slides into the river and then out again. The bees, insects and all the riverbank creatures run away from her, but Bess isn’t hungry. She has more important things on her mind. But what? You will discover Bess’s secret at the end of the story and it is a wonderful surprise.
I loved the descriptive writing of this story. It draws the child reader into the world of the riverbank and engages their mind to solve the mystery of where Bess is going. The sounds are reiterated throughout the story, so children can copy the sounds and read the story alongside their parents. The character of Bess is not the normal heroine of a children's book, which I liked. Normally an alligator is a villain in a story, but Bess is a happy alligator who is searching for the perfect place to give birth to her precious babies. The illustrations suited the story perfectly and provided a lot of discussion topics for young readers. The story encourages involvement from young readers as they try to solve the riddle by using the clues. The ending of the book is perfect as Bess finds the perfect place to bring life into the world.