Jackson was inspired by a blind child and created a story that relies on sound, rather than visual description, to identify its characters and create opportunities for children to chime in during the reading. The story begins with a lonely, drippy faucet, who stands near a pond and a patch of flowers. Mr. Frog visits him one day, and the faucet agrees to share his water; in return, Mr. Frog helps the faucet shine by knocking off his rust. The following day, the frog brings along his friend, Mr. Duck, and the faucet invites him to bring along more friends. Over time, Mr. Caterpillar, Mr. Turtle, a very silly monkey, Mr. Giraffe, Mrs. Rabbit, a butterfly, a dragonfly, Ms. Zebra, Mrs. Bear and others join the group. Every time the book mentions a character’s name, it follows it with his or her sound; the same goes for significant actions, such as turning the faucet’s handle or jumping in the pond. Some of the sounds are standard, but will tickle the ears of tots—“Quack, Quack,” “Rrribet” and “Splish Splash.” The more inventive sounds—“Twinkle Twinkle” for Mrs. Rabbit and “ZazazaZa” for Ms. Zebra, for example—are also fun to say, but not representative of anything to do with the animals. The cover, which appears to be illustrated with clip art, is in a completely different style from the interior illustrations, which appear to be drawn with colored pencil and crayon in a childlike manner. The illustrations show all the friends, except for the alligator, bear and purple hippopotamus, who, for some reason, only appear in the text. The text’s lack of paragraphing and inaccuracies in punctuation (“So on the second day, the little faucet ‘Drip Drop’ and Mr. Frog ‘Rrribet’ waited for a friend”) make reading this book more challenging than it needs to be, but some readers may overlook these infelicities.
A fun read-out-loud book, but a stronger edit might make it more readable.