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Shelly Bean: The Sports Queen and the Brave Swim by Shelly Boyum-Breen

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A new type of queen has entered the realm! Let’s hear it for Shelly Bean the Sports Queen! Thanks to author Shelly Boyum-Breen for giving me a review copy of this fine book.
Shelly Bean the Sports Queen and the Brave Swim, is a read which pushes us to our limits and bravery of trying new things. with the support of her mom and friends, Shelly Bean learns that she can swim across the pool. It might take several tries but with kind encouragement, determination, and bravery, anything is possible. Rarely are we good at something the first time we try. We have to come back to it again and again. Motivation works wonders.
(For ages 4-9)
Shelly Bean is a sporty, dirty kneed little girl with a “can-do” spirit. It might take falling down, getting hurt and getting back up but Shelly Bean is determined to learn to play new sports!
After watching an event on TV or seeing other kids in the neighborhood play, she gets it in her mind that it is her time to play and to reward herself each time she’s successful, she creates a new sports charm to put on her crown like a jewel of accomplishment. Shelly Bean the Sports Queen is a role model for all children who demonstrate hard work and perseverance.
This is the 5th book in the Shelly Bean series. I love the whole concept of the series which is encouraging and supporting female athletes by finding themselves in the pages of the books they read. Shelly Bean is an inspiration.
A couple of things I really like about this book is that it uses bold colors and handwritten text. It gives it a very personal feel and approachability that I really like. The best thing about this book, along with a girl sports heroine, is that it is a book swathed in multiculturalism. Shelly Beans support group is a blend of multi-cultures and religions. All of these fine kids are learning to swim and increase their skills. It makes for a fun day at the pool.
Shelly Bean the Sports Queen
In the back, author Shelly Boyum-Breen gives us some excellent swimming tips to practice when we’re swimming. Such as safe entry and exit of the pool, breath control, how to float on your front and back, as well as the importance of why it’s important to learn how to swim.

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To find a swimming lesson provider near you have a look here.
It’s nearly pool weather here in the US and Northern Hemisphere. Here are 17 Great Pool Games.
Kids swimming pool games
Make your own Shelly Bean Crown! Click here to get the template with a bonus coloring page!
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