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SPLISH SPLASH! by Amy Schimler


A Touch & Hear Book

by Amy Schimler, illustrated by Amy Schimler

Pub Date: March 8th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-1354-2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Not all interactive elements are created equal in this mild outing to the pond.

For those who draw near this wee body of water, the senses of sound and touch expose the crunch of a log or the sparkly drops splashed by energetic feet. All inhabitants approach for their own purpose; the dragonfly takes a dip, while beavers munch their lunch. The final spread brings in a child's perspective as legs dangle under the surface. Thin ribbed board and Velcro strips add a smidgen of texture, though their placement is not always intuitive or easily manipulated. It's a struggle to grasp the intricate tab to pull the insect's wings, and the crayfish pinchers are simply flimsy, likely to be bitten or pulled off in a single instance. Crisp phrases (“crickety croak,” “snip snip / snap snap”) convey the noises heard at the pond. Simple sentences—“Frogs join in song”—visually integrate themselves into the layout of bluish-green spreads; their curving lines become part of the design.

Not enough consistency in the tactile presentation to warrant a dive down deep. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)