Raindrop's Journey, A

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Where did that raindrop come from? And where is it going next? A raindrop's journey is filled with thrills, spills, and chills. Pack your bags, and get ready to follow it!

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Overview

Where did that raindrop come from? And where is it going next? A raindrop's journey is filled with thrills, spills, and chills. Pack your bags, and get ready to follow it!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Young readers deserve more respect than they are shown in these unimpressive titles. The books feature a story—how a boy's classmates contract his cold or keep it at bay, for example (Germs)—or a factual description of a process, followed by a story, as in Dollar, which describes how money is "born" and then relates a tale about a cash birthday gift. The main narratives are accompanied by short sidebars that discuss related science. Often the information is simplified to a fault, leaving out necessary explanations. Inanimate objects, such as a raindrop and germs, say silly things in speech bubbles that attempt to entertain, but will probably just confuse. The mixed-media illustrations are fun to look at and represent a diversity of people, but the addition of facial features to dollar bills and water bottles is unappealing.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Where does the water we use come from? What happens to it when it rolls away? The "Follow It" series answers these and other questions by taking young readers on an animated trip that follows some familiar objects or organisms through their lifecycles. In this book, a plump blue raindrop with sunglasses and a smile introduces kids to the water cycle. It all starts with a thunderstorm. A droplet is formed when water vapor in a cloud condenses around a bit of dust and falls to Earth as rain. Young scientists can follow this enthusiastic droplet as it helps form a rainbow, joins a stream, flows into a river, and hurtles over a cliff in a waterfall. Swoosh! Through the water treatment plant and on to a storage tank, the droplet waits (with others) to see what will happen next. On it goes through rather confusing pipes until it gushes out of a faucet and into a glass, where it encounters a relative frozen in a cube. When a thirsty boy drinks from the glass, another journey begins, taking the raindrop ultimately back to a cloud, where it transforms into a snowflake. Bright horizontal pages in mixed media (including objects like beads, buttons, textured paper, and cotton wool) help keep the trip lively, while sidebars offer more facts about Earth's water and how we use it. Readers learn that over 100 gallons per day are used by an average person in the U.S. In case the journey is a bit confusing, there's a diagram at the end that traces it with simple icons. Also helpful are a glossary, a list of three books for further reading, and an address for a website links to more information and activities. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404867123
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Follow It! Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 970,721
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Slade is the author of 100 books for children, including many titles on science topics. Suzanne holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked on Delta IV rockets and car braking systems before beginning her writing career. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and two children.
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