It’s Hard to Swim


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Hardcover Picture Book

9.25 x 9.25

36 pages


Ellie the Wienerdog is back!

In Life’s Little Lesson #2, “It’s Hard to Swim,” readers are reunited with their favorite wiener dog as she is about to abruptly get her paws wet.

Romping on dry ground and chasing a ball are the activities Ellie believes dogs are built to do. However, one day as she is enjoying her canine fun, she chases her ball onto a dock and then finds herself cornered by her “people” who think it would be a good idea for her to take a little dip.

The drama builds as her mind goes into over drive imagining all the terrifying possibilities that could await her below the surface of the water.

Will she sink? Will she end up as dinner for a hungry shark or a monster fish? Or will she overcome her fear and discover all the fun that comes with trying something new? Her future hangs at the end of a dock with very dark water below . . .

“Swim” is a year-round Summer Fun read! Kids will love searching for all the hidden treasures in the vibrant, whimsical illustrations and grown-ups will love the timeless lesson that is shared through Ellie’s humorous tale!

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K.J. Hales and Ellie the Wienerdog

Kim Hales is the founder of Open Door Press, Inc. and the author of the children’s book series “Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wiener Dog.”

After a career in the corporate business world, she was inspired to return to her passion for story and art, by of all things – her wiener dog. Shortly after Ellie came into her life, Kim picked up a yellow note pad and began writing humorous stories and doodles about the daily problems and perils of being a “wiener dog.”

As the number of stories grew so did Kim’s desire to share “Life’s Little Lessons” with the world. She established Open Door Press to do just that.

Kim lives in Southern California with her husband, her muse Ellie the Wienerdog and Ellie’s little sisters, Ruby and Pepper.


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Serene Wyatt was born and raised in Michigan and has always been passionate about art and animals. In 2008 she attended the College for Creative studies in Detroit to receive her bachelors degree in fine art and animation.

She later went on to open her own studio that specializes in freelance illustration and character animation, and is currently the artist for Ellie the Wienerdog!