Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Splish, Splash, Spring

Splish, Splash, Spring

Jan Carr
Illustrator:  Dorothy Donohue 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Holiday House, 2002   ISBN: 0823417549

Spring is often a time that is full of change and uncertain weather. Three young children run outside to play in the rain, protected by their raincoats, hats, and umbrellas. Happily they “stomp in puddles” and “splash about.” Then the sun comes out and they shed their rainwear so that they can explore.

To their delight, the children find a nest full of baby birds in a tree. They collect worms for the birds and find bright yellow crocuses that “brave the chill.” Joyfully they run down the path, jumping and cart wheeling. What will they do next?

With its expressive and action filled cut paper illustrations and its bouncing rhyming text, this picture book beautifully captures the joys and surprises that can be found outside on a spring day.