SPLASH! by Flora McDonnell


Age Range: 3 - 6
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Handsome wildlife paintings distinguish this book from McDonnell (I Love Animals, 1994, etc.). The setting is India in the summer, and, predictably, it’s “hot, hot, hot!” A mother elephant and her baby, a tiger, and a rhinoceros are all feeling the heat. Tongues loll, movement is limited; they barely shuffle to the wallow. Once there, they stand around until the baby elephant has an idea. He loads up and squirts a snootful at his mother; soon, all the animals are engaged in a splash fight that delights as much as it refreshes. McDonnell’s animals have a mythopoetic radiance, painted in colors that will have readers reaching for a cool drink. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-7626-0481-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1999