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Splash!: A Little Book About Bouncing Back

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Splash the Sealis having a bad day. He doesn’t feel like playing. He doesn’t feel like doing ANYTHING. Splash feels blue. Will he EVER bounce back?

In this warm reminder that hope is always on the horizon, Maria van Lieshout creates the perfect pick-me-up for anyone struggling to bounce back.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Feiwel & Friends
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Oct 21, 2008 paula rated it it was ok
Is it the antidepressant Cymbalta that has those animated commercials with a depressed blob desultorily bobbing along, dribbling out a few tears, its flabby jiggle evoking the post-baby belly you'll never be able to lose? Oh no, excuse me, that's Zoloft. And, er, my problem.

Well, Splash! A little book about bouncing back is an awful lot like a Zoloft ad in book form. Splash is a little blue seal who is so depressed that the sight of him actually causes the SUN to lose interest in rising. Wracked
Sep 23, 2015 Stacie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
How to have a better day for kids. Love the pictures too.
Liza Gilbert
This picture book is apparently about recovering from depression. According to this text, if you bounce the sun on your nose enough times you'll feel better. The behavior of the depressed seal (cleverly painted BLUE) certainly outlines the symptoms of depression more than just sadness, but there is no discussion of why people (seals) can be depressed. Instead, the reader is shown that if you WANT to feel better and bounce the sun on your face, it will just happen. Pass. This is a treacly bit of ...more
Lauren White
Good for grades k-1
Jun 19, 2009 Jenny rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Wow, just really not like or "get" this book. Now that I read other comments and the synopsis I understand what the author was trying to do, but I didn't like the book. Maybe I've had enough experiences with depression to just not find this book appealing, but was not a fan, despite how much hope it is intended to bring!
Gianna Marino
Mar 12, 2010 Gianna Marino rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Gianna by: friends
Splash is a thoughtful, sensitive little seal having a bad day. Don't we all know this feeling? Follow Maria's simple line drawings with splashes of color to find out how Splash the seal figures out life and how to bounce back from a bad start.
Sweet and lovely. Must read for all.
Oct 23, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A little sad and despairing at first, but it turns around (as the title implies!) and becomes fun and frivolous. I love the cool blue gentle illustrations. There are also many variations in the text size which add emotion and emphasis throughout the book. Another lovely work of art!
Dec 15, 2009 Acton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bodhi
This is an interesting book because the sun falls into the water. The blue seal wants the sun to be shining. He is floating on an iceburg and finds the sun. He lifts it back up into the air. He feels good.
A hildren's book about depression or having the blues. It is easy for your child to understand.

AR 1.4
Mar 11, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing
This book about being blue (and getting over it) will warm and delight kids and adults alike.
May 29, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
This is the pre-school picture book equivalent of a Cymbalta commercial.
Tina Bartholoma
Dec 10, 2009 Tina Bartholoma rated it liked it
"sea lions, depression and recovery, very simple story, it's an allegory"
May 29, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
A seal is down in the dumps.
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Maria was born in Holland and grew up in a small town just outside of Amsterdam called Oegstgeest.
After finishing high school in Holland, she graduated from George Washington University with a BFA in Visual Communications, and worked for The Coca-Cola Company, first in her native Holland and later in the US.
In 2000, Maria's dream of winning the lottery became a reality. She won the green card lott
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