Splish, Splash, Splat!

Maria, our BLG reader this week, brought in a new Splat book by beloved author/illustrator Rob Scotton. As soon as she revealed the cover there was a collective cry, “Splat!” We were excited! Splish, Splash, Splat! did not disappoint.

Do you have a fear of water? Does swimming seem more horrible than fun filled? Remember learning to swim and the fear around it? Well then this is a book for you! Many of us shared connections as Maria read the story.

Scotton explores the fear of learning to swim and makes it completely normal, all the while making us giggle as Splat gets up to his usual silly escapades. I found the picture of Splat perched gingerly above a full tub of bath water particularly amusing. That has happened in my house!

When Splat finally leaps into the water after the equally scared Spike, we celebrate the two water phobic cats facing their fears and discovering that water is not horrible and wet but that it tickles and is full of fun. And wow, those are some pretty cool swimshorts Splat acquires on the last page! 🙂

Our student reviewers report:

Khai: This was a funny book. Splat was so scared of water!

Truman: Splat and Spike were both scared of water and hid behind each other. I liked the book.

Little holiday reads

I purchased these books from Scholastic and shared them with my class in the last week of school. Some were quick reads, others warranted more discussion. All were enjoyed.

It’s Christmas David by David Shannon

Everyone always says No David at Christmas . . .

One can only imagine what David gets up to at Christmas! Yes it involves peeking at hidden gifts and trying to sneak off with baked treats. The favourite in our room? Well David wrote his name in the snow. It was yellow . . . Yes, yuck!

Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton

Who doesn’t love Splat the Cat?

Earlier this week we read this book and we shared our discussion in a blog post. Can Splat be too helpful? Was he really good all year? Worries keep him awake as does waiting up for a certain man in red. . .

The Greatest Snowman in the World by Peter Hannan

Did you know a chinchilla and his friends could build a snowman?

I shared this funny little book by Peter Hannan with our K-3 primary gathering. Last week of school and excitement was high but this book definitely held the attention of close to 60 kids. Lots of giggles as Charles Chinchilla, Elvis Wormly and Babs McBoid attempted to build an amazing snowman. Even as problem after problem happens, Charles remains optimistic and full of ideas. We were pretty impressed by his idea in the freezer at the end! (Hint more to do with ice cream than snow. . . )

Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story by Howard Binkow and Susan F Cornelison

Howard learns about the power of giving.

My students always adore the character of Howard B Wigglebottom. As he learns, we learn and there is always much discussion as the story unfolds. In this story, Howard is forced to confront that his stuff brings him more harm than good. In the end, he realizes that he hasn’t valued what is most important after all – his family. My students realized that stuff made Howard lost and that family is more important than all of the toys in the world. There was sure a lot of discussion about whether or not T.V. commercials that gave you ideas for toys you wanted were a good thing or a bad thing. . . More discussion needed!

Merry Christmas, Splat

At this time of year, I love to have quick reads on hand to fill those few minutes before a special event or the time between morning carolling and reading groups. Merry Christmas Splat written by Rob Scotton was the perfect book for today. Short, sweet and engaging.

When Splat is warned by his little sister that only good cats get big presents, he has no worries until a little nagging feeling gets quite a bit bigger. Splat sets out to make sure he has been good enough. He washes the dishes and adds the finishing touches to the tree . . .

When splat decides to wait up for Santa to tell him how good he has been, we got a little worried. “That’s a bad idea,” commented Sergio. “You know that song . . . He knows when you are sleeping . . . ? Well you really only get the good presents when you are sleeping.”

Catriona didn’t totally agree. “Not necessarily good presents – just presents.”

As Splat became more tired, his senses began to fail him. Was that reindeer on the roof? Nope, just his ticking clock. Students pointed out that he was having the same problems that our friend Scaredy Squirrel had with his sleep deprivation: moodiness, confusion, poor reflexes, hallucinations . . . (We’ve talked a lot at Seymour school about what lack of sleep does to our brains. Can you tell?)

Splat eventually falls asleep and wakes up convinced that Santa hasn’t come. In the end all is well and he is surprised by a large gift that is the best present ever! So what is it? Turn the page. Nope. We don’t find out. Why did the author do this I asked? Great ideas from the class:

  • The author wants us to think what’s inside
  • He wants us to visualize the best present that you can get
  • The author wants to leave the readers thinking

What would be in the box for us? Big list items: a Christmas tree, a puppy, a baby kitty, a real car! Are you listening Santa?