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  • Aimee was six years old.
    She had blonde hair, twenty teeth and blue eyes.
    She liked lots of things:
    her mum and dad
    and most of the time she liked
    her brother, Andrew and
    her sister, Lauren,
    but sometimes they were just annoying.

    The other thing that Aimee liked to do is swim.

    One day her Dad and her sister, Lauren, took her on her holiday to Weston-super-Mare
    to see her Granddad (the best Granddad in the world)
    and her Nanna Janik.

    Granddad liked to get up early in the morning to play games with her.
    They chatted about all sorts of things,
    computer games that Granddad didn’t understand,
    things her teacher told her that Granddad didn’t know
    and that she liked swimming in the little swimming pool.
    Granddad told Aimee that he didn’t like swimming, he didn’t even like baths!
    This made Aimee laugh.

    Nanna Janik took her on adventures to the park, or up a hill or to a beach.
    They had been on a picnic on the beach and drank tea out of a bright red flask.
    They had climbed up a big hill to a church,
    which had worn Nanna Janik out so much
    that they had to wait a long time before they could climb back down again.
    They had played on the big swings at the park,
    even though Aimee was only supposed to go on the little swings.
    Nanna Janik told her not to tell her Dad in case she got in trouble.
    This made Aimee laugh.

    Today Nanna Janik announced that they were going on adventure to go swimming in Whales.
    Aimee asked if they were going to swim with Dolphins,
    as well as Whales,
    but Nanna Janik explained that this Wales was a country, not a mammal.
    And that the swimming would be in an outdoor pool, not in the sea.

    In Wales was where Auntie George and baby cousin Jacob lived.
    Aimee, Dad, sister Lauren and Nanna Janik all got in the car and set off.
    In the boot of the car were all their swimming things.
    Aimee wasn’t sure she was going to like baby cousin Jacob.
    What if baby cousin Jacob was more interesting than her?
    Perhaps Granddad and Nanna Janik would like him better
    and not do all the fun things with her any more.
    She put on a grumpy face.

    They arrived in Wales. It was a lot like England really.
    Baby Jacob was very little and didn’t do much.
    Auntie George explained that this was normal and little babies
    that couldn’t walk or crawl
    didn’t really do much.
    Aimee decided not to have a grumpy face on any more.
    He was definitely not that interesting.
    Aimee decided to just pretend he wasn’t there.
    Baby Jacob smiled, he decided he liked Aimee, with her blonde hair, twenty teeth and blue eyes.

    They set off to the park to the paddling pool.

    The pool to Aimee was huge!
    She had chatted to Granddad about swimming in a little pool, not a big swimming pool like this!
    They put on their swimming things and Dad and Auntie George rolled up their trousers.
    Nanna Janik sat at the side hugging baby cousin Jacob.
    He couldn’t even swim!
    Not interesting at all.

    Dad and Auntie George were boring and just paddled at the shallow edge of the paddling pool.
    At first Aimee was a bit scared. She was a little girl and this was a big swimming pool.
    She carefully edged away from the side and made her way to the middle.
    It was very deep; she could only just touch the floor.

    She pushed her arms in the water and put her head underneath.
    She swam across the deep middle of the pool.
    It was amazing!

    As she came up, out of the deep water, she saw her
    sister Lauren,
    Auntie George,
    Nanna Janik and
    baby cousin Jacob
    were all clapping.

    Horray! She had swum across the pool.
    As she got out of the water Auntie George came across to her.
    “Well done Aimee! That was fantastic! That is the first time Jacob has ever clapped!”

    Aimee decided that baby cousin Jacob wasn’t so bad after all....
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