The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet

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This is the story of a drop of water, told by a gifted science writer and illustrated with remarkable paintings. Where does this marvellous liquid come from? How does it behave?
Meredith Hooper takes us back thousands of years to see where the Earth's water came from, and how life began in the oceans and later moved onto land. She describes the water cycle, the relationship between water and living things and between water and erosion. She also discusses important environmental...
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Overview


This is the story of a drop of water, told by a gifted science writer and illustrated with remarkable paintings. Where does this marvellous liquid come from? How does it behave?
Meredith Hooper takes us back thousands of years to see where the Earth's water came from, and how life began in the oceans and later moved onto land. She describes the water cycle, the relationship between water and living things and between water and erosion. She also discusses important environmental issues and provides a fascinating collection of water facts.
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"Life on Earth began in water, and all life stayed in the water for 3,000 million years. For much of that time every living thing was tiny, single-celled, and simple. The drop in my drink helped life on Earth to begin."
— from the book
Children's Literature
A child's mind is so naturally curious. Like scientists, they probe the physical universe in search of answers, and water is certainly fascinating and one of the more accessible elements. The day a twoyearold discovers that rain is actually water is a very big day. This book takes young explorers much further on this journey. "All the water we have is all the water we've always had," begins the thoughtprovoking narrative. We flow with the drop in a glass of water through all the many forms that water takes, from vapor to cloud to rain. Moving through different scenarios, such as the primordial ocean floor, the rainforest, a fresh water stream or the South Pole, there is a clear sense of the cycle water goes through, and the brilliance of the whole design is astonishing. The text, besides having rich language and a lyrical rhythm, also manages to convey the idea that water and the earth itself are very, very old. For example, the "drop in my drink traveled inside the ice sheet for more than 100,000 years...the edges of the iceberg crumble, it wallows and tilts and all the ancient snowflakes fizz and melt into the sea." With richly colored, painterlike illustrations, this is a good example of the creative turn children's science writing is taking. It would find a popular place on the science bookshelf of a middle grade classroom. 1998, Viking/Penguin, Ages 7 to 11, $16.99. Reviewer: Nancy Partridge
Children's Literature - Donna T. Brumby
The admittedly amazing story of our planet's water supply is presented here, although not with complete success. Long strings of short sentences, with an uneasy fluctuation between a scientific and literary presentation and awkward use of metaphor, result in a book that its target audience may have a difficult time using. Although the text appears to be accurate, statements of "facts" are offered without supporting citations, sources or alternate interpretations on too many subjects that range too far afield from the main purpose of the material. The illustrations are also a little dark and complicated, but a nice representation of the water cycle does conclude the book. The actual copy used for this review had several examples of misprinted text and double-struck letters that were hard to read.
Kirkus Reviews
In this striking companion to The Pebble in My Pocket (1996), Hooper and Coady explore the water on Earth, beginning with the drop in the faucet, through its history from the origin of the universe, its presence in the oceans at the beginnings of life, in the bodies of the dinosaurs, in the trees of the rainforests, to the present drop of water, dripping from the tap. Hooper expertly makes difficult concepts part of a sweeping vision accessible to readers; the language is vivid and poetic. Coady complements the text with effective full-color paintings: a fiery comet crashes into earth, the dinosaurs lumber across swampy landscapes, and the anaconda coils around a towering tree in the rainforest. The author concludes with a brief discussion on the water cycle and amazing water facts. This is very fine science writing, spinning out one fact after another but always bringing readers back to the narrator's single drop of water. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847803351
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Meredith Hooper was born in Australia. An Antarctic specialist, she has made several research trips to the continent. In 2000 she was awarded the Antarctica Medal by the US Congress. Her books for Frances Lincoln include The Pebble in my Pocket, which is the only children's book ever to be shortlisted for the Dingle History of Science Book Award.

Chris Coady trained in Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic. A freelance illustrator of children's books, he has also worked for design groups in Manchester and London.

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Life on Earth began in water, and all life stayed in the water for 3,000 million years. For much of that time every living thing was tiny, single-celled and simple.
The drop in my drink helped life on Earth to begin.
Little multi-celled animals lived on muddy seabeds 530 million years ago. Some had five eyes, nozzles like vacuum cleaners and backward-facing mouths.
The drop in my drink has carried the bodies of creatures whose shapes and designs have disappeared forever.

Some plants managed to move out of the water about 450 million years ago, but they could only survive on wet ground. Then plants developed roots which reached down through the soil, searching for moisture.
Plants cannot live without water. Water fills them, like containers. Water gives them shape, and makes and carries their food.
The drop in my drink has been inside the first plants that lived in the sea, and the first plants that lived on dry land.

Some animals moved out of the water to creep over the land around 390 million years ago. The first were worm-like, and wore their skeletons on the outside. Later, animals with backbones, four legs and wet skins began clambering over the land. All the animals had to develop new ways of breathing and moving on land. But wherever they were, they had to find supplies of water to stay alive.

Salty swamps and stinking bogs bordered the edges of a shallow inland sea 75 million years ago. The sun shone hot. Not much rain fell. But slow-moving, weed-covered streams fed into the swamps, and here hadrosaurs lived, drinking the fresh water.
Water is the major part of every living thing on Earth. The drop in my drink has been inside millions of living things.

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