A rhyming story from the edge of the swimming pool
Jakov and Petra
Rules of conduct
at the pool!
Author: Vladimir Anušić
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What the picture book “Jakov and Petra GO swimming” IS?
"Jakov and Petra GO swimming" is an educational rhyming picture book for children about the rules of conduct at the swimming pool
(in Serbian and English).
The rhyming story from the edge of the swimming pool (the only one in Serbia, EX YU), is intended for children, (non) swimmers aged 2 to 6 years, parents, coaches, teachers, but also for all those who go to the swimming pool or encounter swimming for the first time, and all those who should be reminded that it is not difficult to be nice in the water and near it!
The picture book is in a way a PREVENTION of unwanted injuries that may occur around the pool, especially in the youngest children if they do not adhere to the basic 10 rules of conduct in and around the water. It is up to us parents, coaches, educators, families to provide children with knowledge and skills, to feel safe when they go to the pool and swimming.
The picture book "Jakov and Petra GO swimming" offers a solution to make it easier for children to get acquainted with potentially dangerous situations they may encounter near the water, by accepting the rules of conduct and the concept of safety, without leaving the safety zone.
WHAT the picture book about the rules of conduct at the swimming pool IS NOT?
This rhyming picture book "Jakov and Petra GO swimming" is not a fairy tale, although it has a goldfish. It’s not a lullaby. It keeps you awake. It should not be read to children only at bedtime. It is not there to be leafed through or read once and then left aside, forgotten! It is not a letter book, where we teach children letters.
It’s not short-lived, and it’s not just for this very moment. It is important for the present, but also for future generations yet to come. It is not a picture book only to be enjoyed on warm summer days. It is there for you all 365 days a year,it is important both at day and night! Because swimming is not a seasonal activity, and the safety of children in the water and near it is a priority.
What can we EXPECT from this picture book on the rules of conduct at the swimming pool?
"Jakov and Petra GO swimming" is an active children's book containing pictures, rhymes (20 pages), with questions and interesting information about water, swimming, growing up, with lessons and rules for children at the pool.
On each page of the picture book, the children encounter a new rhyme and a new rule of conduct at the swimming pool. There are also some tips given by the Goldfish which additionally educates children and parents about everything they need to know when preparing to play in the largest playground in the world - water.
The picture book is gentle, warm, and abundant with instructive situations that make the children learn how to stay safe in and around the water, healthy, but also to leave the pool clean to some new friends who will enjoy it in the future.
At the end of the picture book, there are four questions that encourage children to pay attention, think and talk with adults about safety in and around the water, as well as the feelings that these rhymes have evoked in them.
WHO is the picture book on the rules of conduct
at the swimming pool intended for?
it is also intended for you:
Children going to the pool for the first time
Swimmers and those who are yet to get acquainted with swimming
But also to older (non)swimmers, preschool children, younger elementary school children, as a kind of a reminder, and those who forgot that it's not hard to be nice when you go to the pool and swimming!
Parents whose children are transitioning from baby swimming to a swimming school
Parents whose child encounters water for the first time
Parents who want to enrol their child in a swimming course – preparation for a swimming school
Aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers… who take children, grandchildren to the pool without parents, and so that everyone can enjoy swimming safely together!
What makes this picture book DIFFERENT from other picture books about swimming and rules of conduct at the swimming pool?
There aren’t many picture books for children about swimming and rules of conduct at the pool. Especially those in the Serbian language, about any kind of prevention for (non)swimmers, the youngest ones.
Two swimmers. Brother and sister. Before they could walk, the two of them knew how to swim. They were introduced to swimming at the age of four months. They swam when they were under three years old. Today, they are slightly taller than a meter, they still swim and play in the water.
Step by step and rhyme by rhyme, five-year-old Jakov and four-year-old Petra are introducing children to the charms of the largest playground in the world - water. Their rich experience gained at the edge of the pool, from the moment they were born, allows them to present the ten basic rules of conduct at the pool to their friends.
The picture book "Jakov and Petra GO swimming" is a great help in understanding and accepting important rules of conduct at the swimming pool, with the goal to protect children, in an interesting, amusing way, and at the same time it gives children space for additional questions and reflections.
"The picture book "Jakov and Petra GO swimming" is both a fun and educational read that helps children in early childhood to master the rules of behavior at the pool. These rules, however, have a wider educational value because they refer to the culture of good behavior in general. This is exactly what this picture book offers, which can contribute to the development of healthy discipline in children, as well as love for water, swimming and their environment."
Stanislava Popov, psychologist,
Faculty of Sport and Tourism TIMS,
“In working with children, we come across various picture books and offer them to children. When talking about sports, it's often football, basketball, volleyball, ... The picture book "Jakov and Petra GO swimming" is a real refreshment and an ideal way for children to get acquainted with this sport, and the basic rules of behavior at the pool, as well as to develop in them a love of swimming, which also has its benefits."
Jelena Dabić educator specialist with decades of experience and
Vesna Kragulj, master educator,
PU "Radosno detinjstvo",
WHO is Vladimir Anušić – Swimming Dad?
I’ve been in the water
whole my life.
For me swimming, just like writing and reading, is a basic life skill.
I have more than 20 years of experience in working as a swimming professional with children of different age, from babies to teenagers and students and top swimmers. I am also very proud of my work with the elderly and children with disabilities.
I believe in a continuous and lifelong learning and development, and that is the reason why I want to share my experience and knowledge in this way, using this picture book “Jakov and Petra GO swimming”, that you are reading. A rhyming story from the edge of the swimming pool.
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