Pool (Hardcover)

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Summer at the public pool conjures up so many wonderful and fun memories for me. This book sent me right back and pulled me in with all the magic and wonder that summer and a new friend can bring. There is so much to look at that my son and I took our time pouring over every page. Each time reading was full of newly discovered details. The art is so astounding and the story so lovely that it's become a favorite at my house.

— From Patti H.


A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A NPR.org Best Book of the Year
Gold Medal Winner - Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show, 2015

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.

About the Author

JiHyeon Lee was born in South Korea, where she earned degrees in art, design, and illustration, and where she still lives today. Pool is her first book.

Praise For…

"A masterful wordless book that celebrates quiet moments and new friendship."--Creator's Syndicate

"The message is wordless but clear: don't stay safely on the surface but dive deep to find friendship and wonder.. a delight."--Kirkus Reviews

"That arresting cover delivers on its promises. Beauty, whimsy, stillness, imagination."--This Picture Book Life

"So many sweet little surprises in this story!"-- Design Mom

"Perfect for preschoolers (and anyone with an imagination!)."--Good Housekeeping

"Opens the reader to miracles that can be uncovered in ordinary situations."--The New York Times

"Makes you think, works on many different levels, and does it all without a single word, plunge right into Pool ."--Nerdy Book Club

"Expect something more exciting than a swim lesson."--The Horn Book Magazine

"Diving into the unknown can be an exhilarating and magical experience"--T: The New York Times Style Magazine

"Combines imaginative power and emotional restraint... An auspicious and memorable debut."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Brilliant. Lee's debut picture book is a swan dive."--School Library Journal, starred review

"An enchanting story of wonder and friendship. Dive right in."--BookPage

"A wordless masterpiece of space, scale, and silence... wonderful beyond words from cover to cover."--Brain Pickings

"A wondrous, wordless tale of a girl and boy and the magical world they discover once they brave the depths of a pool."- New York Times Notable Book of The Year

"A wonderful addition to any library, home or classroom."--Montreal Gazette

"A quiet tribute to the beauty of hidden depths."--The Wall Street Journal

"The wide range of facial expressions on humans and fish alike encourage re-reading."-School Library Connection

http://smithsonianapa.org/bookdragon/pool-by-jihyeon-lee/Wherever you are, whatever your background, that first open page will surely be beckoning you to dive right in.

"Will stay with you even after you close the book and resurface."--The Boston Globe

"This wordless book has details that urge storytelling and repeat examinations."--Raleigh News and Observier

"This wordless book has details that urge storytelling and repeat examinations." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram Best Books of 2015

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452142944
ISBN-10: 1452142947
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 56
Language: English