We picked up Down By the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton at Kohl’s because we needed to spend a few more dollars for Kohl’s Cash … isn’t that always the way?
Max loves the colors in the book – they’re so bright and festive! The pinks in the sky, the greens of the frog, and the blues of the water are just the beginning of the beautiful palette used by illustrator Guy Parker-Rees.
Normally you dance to music and relax to books. In the case of this book, though, we busted a couple of moves: along with the frog, we flung up our arms and jumped; with the duck who flaps, we flailed our arms; with the piggie we wiggled – which Max is super good at – and with the other animals we mimicked their movements to our hearts’ content.
The dancing was our favorite part of the book! There was also plenty of clapping on Max’s part.
The only part of the book I had any problem with was its rhythm. A couple of the parts of the refrain “The frog cried ‘Whee, can you dance like me?”; “I can dance too. But not like you!”; and “Down by the cool of the pool” led me into a cadence while I was reading, but the following parts of the narrative didn’t fit with that rhythm, so it was awkward to pick it back up. I’m sure the more times we read through it the more familiar and easy it will become to find our rhythm.
Hey, we’ve only been through it 5 times so far; if Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks is any indication, we’ve got plenty of read-throughs to go!
Down by the Cool of the Pool deserves 4 snacks: