Splash is a little sea serpent who makes big splashes. But sea serpents need to be quiet sometimes. Will Splash learn how to keep calm?
The third book in the Tiny Tails series explores the notion of self-control in a playful way.
Kallie George is an author and editor living in Vancouver, BC. She completed her Masters of Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia in 2007. She is the co-creator of a series of acclaimed board books, the Simply Small Series, by Paola Opal; author of the art book Mr. M the Exploring Dreamer, with art by Soizick Meister; and the author of the picture book The Melancholic Mermaid, illustrated by Abigail Halpin. Her most recent project, Clover's Luck, Book 1 in the Magical Animal Adoption series, will be published in Feb 2015 by Disney-Hyperion. When she is not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops through Capilano University and CWC (Creative Writing for Children). www.kalliegeorge.com
Geneviève Côté has illustrated several books over the years, such as The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, Wishes by Jean Little, Ella May and the Wishing Stone by Cary Fagan, The Little Word Catcher by Danielle Simard, and many more. She has also written, in both english and french, a few stories of her own: Mr. King’s Things, Without You, Me and You, What Elephant?, and With You always, Little Monday. Her editorial art has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, l’Actualité and other such publications. She has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award in 2005, the General Governor’s Award for Illustration in 2007, and the Marilyn Baillie Award in 2012. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. genevievecoteillustration.com
"Splash, named after her first word and favourite activity, is a sea serpent who can’t help but move. Despite her best efforts and her parents’ advice, Splash can’t keep her tail from making loud splashes in the water. Grampy tries to teach Splash how to move quietly to blend in with her surroundings so that, when real danger comes, she will be safe. Splash legitimately tries to follow Grampy’s advice, which is supported with reasons why Splash needs to control herself, but Splash can’t help but be what she is: a sea serpent who likes to splash. This story embraces Splash’s individuality when Grampy takes her to a spot where it is safe to splash while also emphasizing the need for self-control in dangerous situations. For young readers, the lesson is clearly laid out and comes from a place of caring, rather than criticism of Splash. Some key words are repeated, and both sentences and chapters are shorter and would be appropriate for a transitioning reader.
The illustrations are coloured with watercolours, a perfect medium for a story which takes place largely under or on water. The application of watercolours in thicker swatches gives the water depth and the colours chosen reinforce the idea of camouflage.
Following Spark and Flare, Splash is the third book in the “Tiny Tails” series.
~CM Magazine, Kate Hachborn