Learning To Swim by Ann Turner

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A series of poems convey the feelings of a young girl whose sense of joy and security at the family's summer house is shattered when an older boy who lives nearby sexually abuses her.
 

About Ann Turner

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Turner lives with her husband, Richard, and their two children, Benjamin and Charlotte. Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of picture books, including his own "Yankee Doodle America", Ropicture books, including his own "Yankee Doodle America", Robert Burleigh's "Into the Woods", and "Reaching for the Moonbert Burleigh's "Into the Woods", and "Reaching for the Moon", written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in ", written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Cthe permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress.arle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress. He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticu He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticut. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com. t. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com.
 
Published October 1, 2000 by Scholastic Press. 128 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The six-year-old narrator relates both joyful and horrifying scenes in short lines of three or fewer beats: “the motor purrs and drips, / we speak softly / as if in church,” “and I am cutting you / into little pieces / that I will bury / in the meadow / outside / when there is no moon / and no s...

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Convincingly assuming a child's voice, the narrative blends Annie's routine activities such as playing with dolls and swimming lessons with darker images of the neighbor boy's transgressions (the boy ""telling me to touch him/ in a hard, breathless voice, and I didn't even know/ I could say/ no"").

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"At night I dream / of swimming, / my arms move smoothly / through the water / it is so easy, so calm, / I am never afraid…" A luminous exploration of the effects of sexual abuse, LEARNING TO SWIM recalls one fateful summer in a young girl's life --- an innocent time when she should have been joy...

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