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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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When Colin tells his mom he doesn't like the yellow color on his bedroom walls, she asks around for a house painter. The painting company she calls recommends that she hire two women named Heather and Molly, who happen to be deaf. They spend all day and do an excellent job, painting the walls blue. At the end of the day they start on the white trim, and as the two women sign while painting the white paint splashes over the blue, leading to an unintentional effect on the walls which Colin loves. The ugly yellow is gone and has been replaced by a blue with white speckles, leading Colin to announce: "This is a room I can dream in!" A light-hearted introduction to sign language and how deaf people communicate, Splish, Splat was produced in conjunction with the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural lives of Deaf people.

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."
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