Life can be rough sometimes. Sometimes the journey is long, and you don’t exactly know where it will end. Sometimes you will come to a crossroads; always look both ways, but then move forward. Sometimes you will be alone; have courage. Sometimes you will be with friends; treasure it and enjoy yourself! Sometimes your path will be hard, and sometimes it will be scary. Just remember this: keep good friends close, and rely on them when you need to. Try to be brave, and never give up. And in the end, all you need to remember are three little words: just keep swimming.
This was really a lovely book, and not at all what I was expecting from a movie tie-in (books which, let’s face it, can sometimes be a bit lazy). While the illustrations and text very abstractly follow the plot of Finding Dory, the core of the book is a lesson in optimism, perseverance, and courage. It has the same feel as books like Oh, The Places You’ll Go! or The Wonderful Things You Will Be, offering broad life advice that can apply to children of any age (yes, this would be a lovely grad gift for a Disney fan). The illustrations are sweet, soothing and gentle, capturing the familiar characters of Finding Nemo in soft pastels, and the length is perfect. JJ really enjoyed this one, and so did I. A great book for Finding Nemo fans of any age, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!