Jabari Jumps

Jabari Jumps

by Gaia Cornwall


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763678388
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 12,112
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Gaia Cornwall is an illustrator who loves making patterns for surface design. Her work can be seen in magazines, in logos, on various products, and even in movies. Jabari Jumps is her first picture book. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Jabari Jumps 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Little Jabari had just finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test. He decided that he was now ready to jump off the diving board and today was the day. He watched all the other children jump off the board and declared it looked easy. However, when he got to the bottom of the board he looked up and saw how high it was. He felt scared but he didn’t want to let anyone know how he felt. His dad knew how he was feeling though. He told Jabari that it was okay to feel scared and that sometimes even he felt scared. He then taught him what he does when he feels scared and how it helps. Jabari decided to give the diving board another go, this time using the technique his dad had taught him. Jabari Jumps is a very sweet, short children’s book following little Jabari as he tries to work up the courage to jump off the diving board. The book shows children that everyone gets scared sometimes and that it is normal and okay. It also shows them how Jabari’s dad helps him to overcome his fears. The pages are filled with exquisite illustrations that really capture how Jabari is feeling. I also love how there are images in the background that are made out of what looks like pages out of a book. The illustrations also clearly show what is happening in the story and a non-reader would be able to make out the story from these alone. The writing is clear and in a print big enough for young children to read, especially a new reader. This is Gaia Cornwall’s first children’s book and I think she has done a marvellous job. I also love how she has shown the father of the family looking after his children on his own, not something you see often in children’s books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book and asked to read it again the next night. Jabari learns it's ok to do things in your own time and has the support of his family while doing so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how vividly the author captures the emotions of jumping off the diving board! Simple, elegant, sweet, and summery.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
When Jabari, his baby sister and his father arrive at the public swimming pool, Jabari really wants to jump off the diving board. He’s passed his swimming test, he finished his swimming lessons and he’s NOT scared but he will wait until  all the other kids go before him,  he rests a bit,  he stretches a bit, Then Jabari thinks tomorrow might be better for jumping until his father tells him that it is okay to be a little scared. His father tells Jabari what he does when he is scared and Jabari decides that perhaps he will climb up all the steps of the diving board. While climbing, Jabari thinks about what his father said. The ending of the novel is cute and will bring a smile to your face. The illustrations are bright and colorful and when added to the sharp black text, this book brings smiles and enjoyment to its readers.