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One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
     

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth

by Strauss, Woods (Illustrator)
 

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Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life.

All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well.

Water has the power

Overview

Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life.

All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well.

Water has the power to change everything — a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well.

One Well is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
...encourages children ages 7 and up to think about the power we each have to initiate positive changes in the world.—Breitbart

This beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book should be read and acted upon by every family member. I hope that it will be available in every school library in the world. The message it brings is critical to all humans and indeed all life on the planet.—Charles Hopkins, United Nations University Chair for Education for Sustainable Development, York University

The facts are as dramatic as the threat of loss.—Booklist, Starred Review

One Well is a much needed drink for those of us thirsting to help protect our planet's threatened water supplies. Appropriate for children of all ages, this richly illustrated book provides valuable perspectives on the sources of water, value to all living things, present threats and constructive suggestions for water conservation. Bravo to Ms. Strauss and Ms. Woods for a valuable contribution to a subject vital to us all.—Jean-Michel Cousteau, Founder and President Ocean Futures Society, Inc.

One Well fills a huge void...This beautifully illustrated and superbly written book is exactly the tool needed to bring awareness of the life-giving importance of water to a whole new generation.—Maude Barlow, Chair, Council of Canadians, Author of Blue Gold

Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
In this attractive picture book, featuring colorful, full-page illustrations, the author tells the story of water: what role it plays for plants, animals, and the environment; how much of it is necessary for survival; what the consequences are of polluting the water; and what humans can do to reverse the negative impact that we have had on the Earth's water. Strauss includes surprising statistics, such as that the typical inhabitant of North America uses an average of fifty-five buckets of water per day, while the typical Ethiopian uses only one per day. More than once, Strauss reminds readers that "The amount of water on Earth has never changed. It has been the same for billions of years." Therefore, the same water that you drink today might have sprayed out of a whale's blowhole 100 years ago, and the water flushed down your toilet might be the water your neighbor drinks ten years from now. This startling look at a natural element that most of us take for granted not only educates readers about how important water is, but it also offers practical suggestions to help readers—both young and older—make wiser use of water. Skillfully balancing the message and the artistry, Strauss and Woods offer a realistic picture of both an essential resource and a problem that will be with us for as long as the Earth exists.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6
Looking at all the water on Earth-in the atmosphere, the oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and rain as "One Well" into which all life dips to survive-Strauss presents a timely discussion of the use and abuse of a not-so-limitless resource. Liberally sprinkled with interesting facts-"It took about 130 L (34 U.S. gal.) of water to make your bike"-the readable text informs children of growing demands on a finite supply; increasing pollution; and the intensifying urgency for the conservation, preservation, and protection of a unique chemical combination more essential to all life than the air we breathe. Woods's delicate paintings keep perfect step and provide a gentle framework for the plentiful statistical snippets. Included is a section for children on "Becoming Well Aware," and notes for adults about helping youngsters (and themselves) to consider the quality and quantity of the water passing through their lives. Oversized, slim, and with an interesting slant.
—Patricia ManningCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553379546
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
CitizenKid Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
127,553
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
IG960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Rochelle Strauss is an environmental education consultant in Toronto. She has designed and developed education programs, as well as consulted on numerous environmental projects, including a biodiversity museum in Panama and a national park in Canada.

Rosemary Woods is an award winning illustrator as well as a fine artist. She has a diverse illustration portfolio with her illustrations appearing on leading advertising campaigns as well as in publishing. Some of Her books include One Well, Story of Water on Earth, The Lighthouse that Ran Away by Roger McGough and Irish Weather Wisdom - Signs of Rain. She lives in London England as wells as working from a studio in N. Ireland.

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