Get Set! Swim!

By Booklist

Jessenia, her Mami, and her brother, Luis, are off to the suburbs to watch Jessenia swim at a meet. Jessenia is intimidated by the big new suburban pool and the fact that the other team is on a winning streak. Her team is behind, but she manages to win her last match…. Jessenia’s story is juxtaposed against the memories Mami has of her home in Puerto Rico; as Jessenia swims, the blue of the water reminds her of the expanse of ocean Mami has often described. The well-executed artwork is strong in both design and color, and conveys both the trepidation and excitement that Jessenia feels as she approaches and participates in the meet. A good choice for libraries looking for books in which a Latino family is center stage.