Lindsay Ann Fink (Author); Michele N. Tupper (Illustrator)
Balboa Press (2021)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (01/2022)
“Ronnie’s Pool” is a charming little story for very young readers (or listeners to Mom’s stories), that’s perfect for bedtime or any other time, day or night. We are introduced to a young rabbit named Ronnie who desperately wants a pool to play in. But his wise father, seeing that this a good teaching moment for his son, gives him a shovel instead of just making the pool for him. Ronnie knows he must do the work himself if he is ever going to have the pool he wants, so…he gets right to work.
The construction takes him quite a while—through the summer and into the winter. When it’s finished in the winter, however, the pool he has worked so hard for and has wanted so badly is covered in ice. This would discourage some people, er…rabbits, but not Ronnie. He makes something fun out of it by getting his ice skates and enjoying his new pool in a unique way.
The author has created a truly entertaining and adorable story about working hard for what you want and never giving up. This is a good lesson for all young readers to learn: You can make your dreams come true through hard work and persistence. The story is simply told and is populated by the sweetest, most memorable artwork created by illustrator, Michele Tupper.
Little audiences will feel like they are on an adventure that comes with a very happy ending. This little life lesson teaches outside-of-the-box thinking, how to make an innovative idea even better, and how to turn a negative into a positive. This book would be a fantastic addition to a classroom or book club. It also promotes positive thinking and seeing a plan through until the end. Robbie is a cute little character that children will connect with; they may see themselves in this entertaining rabbit. As a former social worker, I know that children don’t always have the best role models at home and they end up finding them in books or movies.
This story is all about what is possible if you use some creativity and determination. I bet after enjoying this entertaining tale, the next time you see a pool you’ll think of Ronnie!