This purposive story has much to recommend it. It folds in details of hearing-Deaf communication naturally, and Crawford’s multimedia collages burst with energy and color.
Splish, Splat! is a delightful story that young children will enjoy. An additional benefit is that it provides readers with new insights about Deaf people in ways that will value their life experiences.
Readers are shown that people who are deaf are not only able to work at any job as anyone else might, but more importantly that they are just as human in every way as any other person.
Incorporating deaf characters into a story that is not specifically about deafness is valuable, as is the supportive material about signing and the explanation of how the message relay system works to enable deaf tradespeople to take telephone calls.
Quill & Quire
“…it breaks my heart when I see Deaf children read books as if they would be a better person if they learned to speak…”
Prairie Books NOW
This is a great choice for discussing Deaf culture, emphasizing their love for communication in ASL, and the many ways hearing people can communicate with the Deaf.
School Library Journal
It is a great springboard for discussion of several topics, including communication and ability.
ETFO Voice Magazine