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If I Can Swim
Ryotaro, Age 7, Chengdu, China

I don't like swimming because I'm scared of it. I don't like the sea because I know there are many sharks! One day my dad showed me a beautiful picture. There is a colorful fish  and beautiful coral in the clean blue sea. Dad said, "If you can swim you can see the beautiful world like this picture."

I went to the swimming pool every day. Dad taught me how to swim. I tried very hard. In one week, I could soak my face in the pool. In 2 weeks, I could open my eyes in the water. In 3 weeks, I can float on the water. In 5 weeks, I can swim 3 meters! in 6 weeks, I can swim 5 meters! In 8 weeks, I can swim 15 meters!!!

Dad said, "OK boy, let's go to the sea." I stood on the boat and looked at the big waves. It was very scary. I closed my eyes and jumped into the sea. I timidly opened my eyes. I saw a little fish touch my finger. I saw a big turtle swimming behind me. I saw many colorful fish. It was very beautiful! I took many pictures and gave to my cousin and said, "If you can swim you can see the beautiful world like this picture!"

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