About this Book Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so he's not scared at all. "Looks easy," says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can't help but root for.
Reviews from Around the World My kids (2 and 5) really loved this book! They cheered when Jabari finally jumped off the diving board :). I think they really empathized with him being afraid and were happy when he overcame it. I also love seeing an African American family starring in the book. A dad taking his kids to the pool was a lovely, regular setting and it was just nice to see a black family having a fun day out as the premise of the story. - Tracey, Amazon