Benny Learns to Swim (Sam & Benny)

by Judith Koppens (Author) Marja Meijer (Illustrator)

Benny Learns to Swim (Sam & Benny)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Sam & Benny

It's hot outside. Sam and Benny would really like to cool off in the lake. But first Benny has to take swimming lessons and pass his test. And that's not easy for a dog . . .

A funny and an endearing story about the friendship between a girl and her dog, and about how much fun it is to swim.

For animal lovers and little swimmers ages 4 and up.

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Kirkus Reviews

A testament of true friendship.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--In this Dutch import, a young girl is worried because her dog wants to jump in the lake on a hot day but he hasn't had any swimming lessons. Since she has earned her "swim certificate," she takes Benny to the pool where she learned to swim. The swim coach refuses to let her pup in the pool, and she think it's because he's not wearing swim trunks. She states, "No one can go in the pool with a bare bottom!" After she puts him in swim trunks, the coach again informs her that the dog can't participate. She then believes Benny simply needs a bathing cap. What she eventually learns about her dog is quite a surprise to her, and she becomes filled with pride at having such a talented pet. Though most youngsters will already know what the child learns, they will thoroughly enjoy seeing the illustrations of Benny dressed up in his trunks, swim cap and floatation aids wrapped around his lower body as he awaits his instructions. The charming cartoon-style illustrations are filled with color, and the girl's concern for her dog's safety is endearing. VERDICT This delightful story about a girl and her dog will appeal to young readers. Recommended for purchase.--Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI

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Review quotes

Judith Koppens
Judith Koppens has been an author and illustrator for many years. Children are her most important source of inspiration. Their enthusiasm and honesty are always part of her work. Judith lives in the Netherlands and works as a teacher at an elementary school.

Marja Meijer has been drawing since she was born, so it's not surprising that she went to an art academy to study illustrative design. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for newspapers and magazines and illustrated her first of many picture books in 1992. Marja lives in the Netherlands with her husband and children.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2020
Sam & Benny

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