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When You Can Swim
When You Can Swim by Jack Wong
written and illustrated by Jack Wong

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First Editions Club Pick - May 2023

First Edition.
Signed on bookplate by author + illustrator Jack Wong
Price: $18.99


May 2023 Picture Book Selection | First Editions Club

New York, NY: Orchard Books | Sholastic (May 2, 2023)

First Edition. Signed on a bookplate by Jack Wong.

New in dust jacket.

A reverent celebration of learning to swim among a diverse cast of children and families who each experience the mysterious joys of water in nature.

In this exploration of what it truly means to swim, expansive vignettes introduce sandpipers, tannin-soaked lakes, and the feeling of a small waterfall on sun-soaked shoulders. But what about those who are afraid of the water’s mysterious ways and resist learning to swim? Painting a compelling picture of the many joys and surprises that the water holds, artist and author Jack Wong has delivered an empowering, poetic journey that invites children to discover their confidence within to receive the warmth and wonder of the natural world.

JACK WONG has created a masterpiece drawn from his lived experience of growing up with a grandmother who spent her childhood in the rivers of Borneo and a mother — growing up in late 1950s China — who was forbidden to learn to swim. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Jack holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada, where he now lives with his wife and two cats.

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