Originally published in: 2017
What’s it about: A little boy facing his fears and jumping off the diving board.
What made me pick it up: It looked summery and fun.
My favorite things: I really like the father-son relationship. The dad is supportive of Jabari’s struggle for independence but lets him know he can take his time getting there. I really liked Jabari’s sense of adventure, even when he was afraid. The realistic depiction of fear was also nice. I liked the message that you can do things you are afraid of and that sometimes that takes more time to warm up to than you might think.
Who it’s great for: Littles trying to be brave. Intrepid swimmers. Young adventurers.