Shimmer & Splash is a children's book from Sterling Publishing about sea creatures, featuring 4 foldout pages that create huge ocean scenes!
Who wrote it
Jim Arnosky a naturalist and artist/illustrator of over 70 books! (PS: He has free coloring book pages on his website! Hurray!)
This book is so gorgeous! I wish every book had pictures as great as this. My 4th grade self kind of wants to
Pretty much the only thing I didn't like was that he didn't include any sea otters (probably because his trip was in Florida instead of the west coast, and also in his defense he does have an entire book about river otters.) Despite its exclusion of my favorite animal, I am kind of obsessed with this book. I really can't believe I've never heard of Arnosky before, but don't worry-my next trip to the library will definitely include some of his other books!
My kid said
I like the sea creatures. And look how big this page gets, Mom! My favorite page is the shark page 'cause it's so interesting!
- beautiful art work
- compelling personal story
- interesting scientific facts
- no sea otters
You can buy Shimmer & Splash on Amazon for about $11 at time of posting, which is an amazing price for a kids' book this large (it's full-sized, not a little board book!), let alone one of this caliber.*
The bottom line
A gorgeous, must have book for preschoolers and elementary school kids who are interested in sea creatures!
Thank you to Sterling Publishing for providing a review copy of this book! I received no other compensation for this post.
*Always check current prices before buying, as they do change quickly on Amazon!