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Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

This contest is open to residents of North America (excluding Quebec). We will accept entries until midnight on Sunday, July 12, and will contact the winner by email on Monday, July 13th.

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Great Moments in Swimming History: Lord Byron

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Lynne Cox

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Johnny Weissmuller

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Esther Williams

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Edgar Allan Poe

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

 

Swim along with Gary Clement

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Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic song “Swimming, Swimming,” full of fun and humor.

The illustrations show a young boy and his friends spending a carefree day at the neighborhood pool. We see them walk to the pool together, change into their trunks and then spend hours swimming, cavorting, splashing and diving. The pool is full of moms, dads, other kids and babies, all enjoying a chance to cool off on a hot summer day. The boy returns home, tired but happy, and falls asleep holding onto his goggles in anticipation of another delightful day at the pool.

Watch this video to learn the melody and hand gestures for the song!

 


 

Groundwood Recommends: Summer Reading

Surely summer is the best time to read for pleasure, so today our is blog dedicated to reading just for fun! We asked some Groundwood staff members for their top picks for summer reads.

Almost every public library has a summer reading program designed to encourage children to read books that interest them — make sure to check out the program in your area for more recommendations!


Rosario’s Fig Tree is a perfect summer story, as it reminds us of the beauty and joy that can be found getting to know your neighbours, gardening and spending time in your backyard. Rosario reminds me of my own neighbour, who gifts me tomatoes and cucumbers throughout the summer! C’est magnifique! (Just ask the New York Times.)”

— Jolise Beaton, Rights Assistant

 

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“What’s the best part of summer? The mosquitoes, obviously. Griffin Ondaatje investigates the rich inner life of these omnipresent summer critters — and whether or not a leather jacket can make you cool — in his sweet new chapter book, The Mosquito Brothers.”

— Suzanne Sutherland, Assistant Editor

 

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“Summertime for me, an indoor kid, meant unlimited time to read books and get delightfully lost in their adventures. Reading would ignite my imagination to come up with stories of my own, just like in Marie-Louise Gay’s Any Questions? and its exploration of how to be creative, featuring a very ferocious beast.”

— Cindy Ma, Publicist

 

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“What I love most about Norman, Speak! is that it reminds me of the struggles some of my friends went through when they adopted their respective pets. Maybe things would have been easier for my friends if they learned Mandarin or Cantonese?”

— Neil Wadhwa, Technology Intern

 

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“This enchanting picture book [Song for a Summer Night] makes me nostalgic for my childhood: those long summer nights when time and freedom were in abundance; when school was no longer part of the equation; and when friends and play were the only things that mattered!”

— Gillian Fizet, Rights Manager

 

Tour Kellen Hatanaka’s Studio and Make Your Own Car

Kellen Hatanaka is an artist/designer living in Toronto, Canada with his wife, Kiersten and his dog and studio-mate, Paul. He is the author and illustrator of Work: An Occupational ABC and Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites. Here are a few photos of his studio space. In addition to being a place to work, it is a place to display and collect art, books, records and a never-ending collection of odds and ends that transform the space into a place of inspiration.

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How to Create Your Own Car!

We love Kellen’s unique way of illustrating his books, so we asked him to show us how he does it!

“I usually work with a combination of digital and hand-drawn elements. Most of the large shapes of color in my work are created in a computer program. You can create your shapes by using coloured paper!”

Step 1

Start with the largest, simplest shape of the car, which is the body. I am creating a station wagon which is long, but you can create a car of any shape and size.

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Step 2

Add some windows by cutting them out of the body, or by pasting or drawing the shape of windows over top of your car.

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Step 3

Continue to add details to your car. I always like to work from the largest, simplest shapes to the smallest, most complicated or detailed aspects of my subject. In this case, add some wheels and bumpers.

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Step 4

Continue to add any other items or details that you would like to see on your car. Again, start with the general shape of the items you are adding. You can add the details later.

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Step 5

Add in all of the details you like! At this stage, I often add hand-drawn elements or textures to my digital pieces. The wide stripes on the orange panel, the lines for the doors and the little bits of rust along the bottom are hand-made items. You can create your final touches by cutting out more paper pieces or drawing on your car with markers, pens or anything else you like.

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