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Jabari Jumps

by Gaia Cornwall

Series: Jabari (1)

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"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"--Amazon.com.… (more)
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This book would be appropriate for primary grade levels. In this book Jabari and his family go to the swimming pool. Jabari arrives all geared up to jump off the high diving board. Once he gets to the steps however, a great feeling of hesitation sweeps over him. Through some extra time, deep breathes, and lots of encouragement and patience from his father he finally leaps off the board.
This book is so cute and has beautiful illustrations. This would be a great fit for lessons on bravery, families, or just for beginning readers. Due to the unique illustrations it could also be used for an arts lessons. ( )
  dmckibbon | Mar 22, 2021 |
Excellent book for beginners readers. Jabari is a little boy who is going to the pool and is going to jump off the diving board for the very first time. He works up the courage to do it. :) ( )
  Adelmi | Mar 8, 2021 |
An inspiring story about believing in yourself and trying new things. ( )
  Leah.Carlson | Jan 21, 2021 |
I loved this book. I thought it was very powerful. What I took away was him facing his fears and having the courage to do something new. He took swimming lessons and passed the test and so he knew he could do it but it was the height of the diving board that got him all nervous and freaked out. He watched the other kids and thought if they could do it so could he.
  mackenziemitchell | Oct 5, 2020 |
This book is about a young boy and his father at the swimming pool. He wants to go on the high dive however, he is afraid. His father is very supportive and doesn’t put him down at all in order to try and make him jump.
  abeckley | Oct 4, 2020 |
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"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"--Amazon.com.

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This small moment narrative story tells of the apprehension a young boy feels when diving off the diving board for the first time. It slowly leads up to the moment when he has to decide if and how he will jump with encouragement from his family. Readers get to feel his anxiety with the bit-by-bit description but in the end Jabari learns that the risk was worth it all and is looking forward to taking a safe risk again.
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