Splash by Claire Cashmore – Book Review

Splash by Claire Cashmore – Book Review

Splash by Claire Cashmore


Author – Claire Cashmore
Illustrator – Sharon Davey
Publisher – Farshore
Pages – 32
Released – 10th June 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-0755502851
Format – paperback
Rating – 5 Stars
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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?

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.

Review by Stacey

Paralympic gold medallist Claire Cashmore has written her first children’s picture book. The story tells the tale of Claire’s childhood and how she actually hated the water when she was little. It is also about how claire, who was born without a left forearm, never let her disability stand in her way and she made sure she could do everything and anything she wanted to by believing in herself.

Splash is a delightful children’s book that was such a joy to read. It is filled with inspirational messages as well as being one of the few children’s books that feature a disabled character.

I adored how Claire has such a beautiful relationship with her older sisters who have always believed in her. I also adored how it took plenty of coaxing to get Claire into the water but once she was in she realised how much she loved being in it and she then worked at becoming the best swimmer she could be which led to her becoming an Paralympic Gold Medalist.

The illustrations by artist Sharon Davey are colourful, bright, full-page, and represent the plot perfectly and I’m sure little ones will find them a joy to look at.

This is a book that will show children to be positive, to dream big, and to never give up on those dreams.

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Author Info

Claire Cashmore, MBE, is a Paralympic swimming champion and Paralympic gold medallist. She has taken part in four Paralympic Games, her first, in Athens 2004, aged just sixteen.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won her first Paralympic gold. Now competing as a paratriathlete, Claire is the current ITU World Champion. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2017 and is a passionate ambassador for disability sport. Splash is her first picture book.

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4 Responses

  1. Jo Linsdell says:

    Splash sounds like a great book for all kids. Inspirational and accompanied by lovely illustrations. Great review.

  2. Aw, the cover is so cute. I also swam competitively as a child and one of my biggest role models was Natalie du Toit.

  3. Thank Jo, I totally agree with you. It is a very inspirational book.

  4. Thanks Bianca, I bet that you had to do lots of training. I’m not the greatest swimmer. I could win the slowest swimmer race!