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<P>Splash goes the cat! Splash goes the dog! Who's jumping in the pond? Falling in and crawling out, how many animals can you count?</P>

Author Biography: Ann Jonas, author-artist of Splash! and Round Trip, lives in Germantown, New York.In Her Own Words...

"I grew up in a family that attached great importance to knowing how to do as many things as possible, from skating to skiing to cabinet-making to repairing the family car. Everyone always had several projects going at the same time, and drawing was...

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<P>Splash goes the cat! Splash goes the dog! Who's jumping in the pond? Falling in and crawling out, how many animals can you count?</P>

Author Biography: Ann Jonas, author-artist of Splash! and Round Trip, lives in Germantown, New York.In Her Own Words...

"I grew up in a family that attached great importance to knowing how to do as many things as possible, from skating to skiing to cabinet-making to repairing the family car. Everyone always had several projects going at the same time, and drawing was considered an incidental skill, a tool for planning a project rather than an end in itself. It was only after a few years of dead-end jobs following high school that I decided some specific training might be helpful, even necessary. I attended Cooper Union and after graduation went to work in the studio of my former graphicdesign instructor.

"A few years later my husband, Donald Crews, was inducted into the Army and subsequently sent to Germany. I followed and found a job with a German advertising agency, trying to design ads with a "Madison Avenue" look for them. We lived in Germany for one-and-a-half years, sharing a rambling apartment with German friends. Our first daughter, Nina, was born there. When we returned to the United States, we started our own freelance design business.

"Our second daughter, Amy, was born, and the design business grew. It wasn't until both daughters were nearly ready for college that I considered doing books for children, and then it was only through the urging of my husband and his editor, Susan Hirschman.

"My first book, When You Were a Baby, came together very quickly. I drew strongly on memories of mychildren and their friends at two and three and their evident pride in their accomplishments. Two Bear Cubs was next and then Round Trip, which was the working out of an idea that had interested me in the abstract. With succeeding books, I've been trying to explore other ways of stretching children's imaginations. I find myself drawn more and more often to designing books that involve some sort of visual play. It seems like a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to look at familiar things in different ways while offering the appeal of a game or a puzzle. If I can also deal, even if only lightly, with some of a child's deeper concerns, then I feel that I've served him or her as well as I can."

A little girl's turtle, fish, frogs, dog, and cat jump in and out of a backyard pond, constantly changing the answer to the question "How many are in my pond?"

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"I have a pond in my backyard. I have one turtle, two catfish, three frogs and four goldfish," announces the young narrator of this cheerful counting tale. She also has a dog and cat which, though far less enamored of swimming than the other creatures, also end up in the pond. The setting remains constant as Jonas's (Where Can It Be?; When You Were a Baby) art and text follow the numerous ins and outs of the pondside animals ("My dog and cat climb out. A dragonfly falls in. One frog hops out"). After noting each change, the child repeats the question, "How many are in my pond?" The real freshness here lies in Jonas's luminous illustrations, rendered in acrylic paints on clear acetate, which show playful action and humorous shifts in perspective as tiny and larger animals-and eventually the girl herself-slip into the water-each making a "SPLASH" of proportionate size. Ages 3-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Karen White
The reader has to concentrate in order to follow this story about animals frolicking in and around a pond. Each time the reader turns the page the question is posed, "How many are in my pond?" The challenge is to keep track of which animal is jumping in and which is jumping out. At the beginning, all is peaceful. The dog, turtle and frogs are sleeping. There are six fish quietly swimming about. The question "How many are in my pond?" is easy to determine. Then... the cat comes home and disturbs the tranquil mood. The story progresses with the animals either falling in or climbing out of the pond. At one point, everyone is wet, including the little girl! Parents and teachers will appreciate the addition and subtraction practice that this book initiates. Children will enjoy keeping track of the who's in and who's out. The text is easy to read and the illustrations help guide comprehension.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2From the title page to the end, Jonas creates a book that keeps asking ``How many are in my pond?,'' but in which counting is not the centerpieceit's the splash that really counts. As in many of her books, the text is not confined to one part of the page, but changes color, size, and shape to work as part of and reinforce the illustrations. The blues of sky and water, soothing green of the lawn, and straight lines dominate the serene first page, but the mood abruptly changes as the turtle, then the frogs, the dog, cat, and even the young narrator jump into and then climb out of the water. White foam sprays up, the word ``splash'' floats above the spray, ripples appear on the water's surface, and the question waves at the bottom of the water. Each time, the response will be different as the number of creatures in the pond changes. On the last page, calm is restored, and the young African American narrator feeds her fish. This is an inventive picture book more than a concept book, since no numerals appear on any of the pages. Enjoy it as a beautifully illustrated, lively story about a girl, her pets, and lots of water.Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Kathy Broderick
In this picture book, which cleverly handles the principles of addition and subtraction, a young black girl keeps track of what's going on in her backyard. "I have a pond in my backyard. I have one turtle, two catfish, three frogs, and four goldfish. I feed them every day." Jonas provides a peaceful, lazy scene at the edge of the pond and under the water. At the bottom of the spread, the narrator asks, "How many are in my pond?" Then, in the following spread, the peaceful scene is disrupted when the turtle jumps into the water and a wave of water splashes out. Each successive spread introduces more chaos, as all the animals, including the pet cat and pet dog, jump in or fall in the water or climb out. The number of animals in the water changes with each turn of the page, and careful readers/viewers can have fun counting while they follow the natural reactions of the animals to each other. A clever concept book with physical humor and exciting acrylic paintings that capture the heat and drama of a sunny summer day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688110529
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.

Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.

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