Suggested age 3 – 6


Author: Claire Cashmore
Illustrator: Sharon Davey
ISBN: 9780755502851
Date Published: 10 Jun. 2021

Guardian Book of the Month (26th June 2021)

Claire Cashmore, MBE and Paralympic gold medallist, was born without a left forearm – but she never let being different stand in the way of her big dreams. Splash is based on Claire’s real-life experience: this gold-medal-winning swimmer really was scared of water … until one day, everything changed!

These are Claire’s big sisters.
They call her Bear and ruffle her hair.
And whatever Claire’s sisters can do,
Claire can do too …

But there is one thing Claire won’t do …The water in the swimming pool makes her feel squirmy inside. Follow her sisters? No thank you! Not today?

Can Claire conquer her fears? Can she set foot in the water – and what will happen if she does?

Perfect for fans of What Happened to You?

Splash features a brilliantly bold heroine, who happens to be differently abled, and brims with fun, positivity and Claire Cashmore’s inspirational growth mindset message.


Dimensions24 × 0.5 × 0.5 cm



Age 3 – 5, Age 5 – 7




“Exuberant . . . full of the joys of swimming. The heroine has a limb difference, understatedly conveyed in both text and pictures, while the chief focus of the story is fun, perseverance and supportive family love”
Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
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