Cover image for Splash!
McDonnell, Flora.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged): color illustrations; 31 cm
When the jungle animals are hot, a baby elephant has a good solution involving the squirting and splashing of water at the water hole.
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Central Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
Hamburg Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
Anna M. Reinstein Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Everyone is hot--the elephant, the tiger, and the rhinoceros. So baby elephant leads all the big animals down to the water, where they can drink and squirt and splash! With brilliant paintings that saturate the pages, McDonnell refreshes the concept of young picture books. Full color.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-4. Oversize format, engaging animals that fill up the pages, and the briefest of text combine for a terrific book for the youngest listeners, especially in a story hour setting. The premise is simple. It's hot! The tiger, the rhino, a baby elephant, and its mother, each taking up a full double-page spread, are all hot. So they head down to the water where they can "splash! splash! splash! until they are cool and happy. McDonnell's sturdy, delightfully drawn animals are set against sun-bright yellow and jungle-green backgrounds, looking as though they might leap out of the pages at any moment. Designed right for young eyes. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

When it is "hot, hot, hot!" baby elephant knows just how to cool everyone off in Flora McDonnell's refreshing Splash! A bare-bones text accompanies illustrations filled with sweltering shades of gold as the romping splash-fest fills the spreads with cooling shades of blue-just right for youngest listeners. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Three of the animals that first appeared in Flora McDonnell's ABC (Candlewick, 1997) are given a winning story of their own. Days in the jungle are sultry and slow moving: "The elephants are hot. Tiger is hot. Rhinoceros is hot." Each one of these simple sentences is placed on a double-page spread along with a large close-up of the weary animal(s) set against a brilliant yellow background. When a baby elephant leads the other creatures to a water hole, they not only quench their thirst but also start a water fight. The minimal text turns playful as the animals "splash," "squirt," "whoosh," and "sploosh" the heat away. The bold illustrations, done in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor, are filled with color and movement. The foamy blues and greens of the water contrast with the arid backgrounds and provide visual refreshment. Children will love following these exotic creatures through the pages. Striking artwork and the superb pacing of the text make this a must-have for storytime collections.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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