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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 24
Themes: hearing-impaired, sign language, inclusiveness
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 15/Apr/2011
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Colin's mom has hired Heather and Molly to paint his room. They are deaf, and chat with their hands using sign while they paint Colin’s room, leading to a delightful speckled effect on the walls.

CM Magazine
"An engaging story...The book does an excellent job of incorporating information about Deaf people into the natural flow of the story, rather than explicitly "teaching" about this topic...[Crawford] uses a unique photo collage method to create playful and vibrant images. At the same time, she also incorporates realistic depictions of interactions between the characters as they communicate through videophone, ASL signs, gestures, and writing. This, again, provides indirect opportunities to learn and normalize alternative communication methods. First and foremost, 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. Highly Recommended."
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"Crawford's collage illustrations are wonderful, made from scraps of paper, catalogues, fabric, and photos. They are engaging, full of life and detail, with touches of humour."
Quill & Quire
"Incorporating deaf characters into a story that is not specifically about deafness is valuable...as is the supportive material about signing...Crawford's colourful illustrations add to the book's humour, especially in her halarious details."
Prairie Books Now
"This room painted by professionals who make a mess of things is the perfect premise for giggles. Add intricate illustrations that portray the words with humour and colour, and you get a combination that is sure to inspire readers."
Kirkus Review
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.
Sara Lissa Paulson, School Library Journal
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.
ETFO Voice Magazine
It is a great springboard for discussion of several topics, including communication and ability.

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