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Jihyeon Lee


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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Best Book of the Year
Gold Medal Winner - Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show, 2015

What happens when two shy children meet at a very crowded pool? Dive in to find out! Deceptively simple, this masterful book tells a story of quiet moments and surprising encounters, and reminds us that friendship and imagination have no bounds.

Praise For Pool

"That arresting cover delivers on its promises. Beauty, whimsy, stillness, imagination."--This Picture Book Life

"The wide range of facial expressions on humans and fish alike encourage re-reading."-School Library Connection

"Makes you think, works on many different levels, and does it all without a single word, plunge right into Pool ."--Nerdy Book Club

"Expect something more exciting than a swim lesson."--The Horn Book Magazine

"An enchanting story of wonder and friendship. Dive right in."--BookPage

"This wordless book has details that urge storytelling and repeat examinations."--Raleigh News and Observier

"Combines imaginative power and emotional restraint... An auspicious and memorable debut."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Opens the reader to miracles that can be uncovered in ordinary situations."--The New York Times

"Will stay with you even after you close the book and resurface."--The Boston Globe

"A wordless masterpiece of space, scale, and silence... wonderful beyond words from cover to cover."--Brain Pickings

"So many sweet little surprises in this story!"-- Design Mom

"A wonderful addition to any library, home or classroom."--Montreal Gazette you are, whatever your background, that first open page will surely be beckoning you to dive right in.

"A quiet tribute to the beauty of hidden depths."--The Wall Street Journal

"Diving into the unknown can be an exhilarating and magical experience"--T: The New York Times Style Magazine

"A masterful wordless book that celebrates quiet moments and new friendship."--Creator's Syndicate

"Perfect for preschoolers (and anyone with an imagination!)."--Good Housekeeping

"This wordless book has details that urge storytelling and repeat examinations." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram Best Books of 2015

"A wondrous, wordless tale of a girl and boy and the magical world they discover once they brave the depths of a pool."- New York Times Notable Book of The Year

"Brilliant. Lee's debut picture book is a swan dive."--School Library Journal, starred review

"The message is wordless but clear: don't stay safely on the surface but dive deep to find friendship and wonder.. a delight."--Kirkus Reviews

Chronicle Books, 9781452142944, 56pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

About the Author

JiHyeon Lee was born in South Korea, where she earned degrees in art, design, and illustration, and where she still lives today. Pool is her first book.