Children's LiteratureMany books explain the water cycle for young readers. Waldman chooses to follow a tiny snowflake through the cycle and the months of a year, lyrically describing its journey and its changes, to a drop of water, into the earth, flowing up into a spring, then up into the clouds, down into a reservoir to be purified, used to wash, flowing down a drain to the sea. From there it evaporates to become a snowflake again. Final notes detail the ever-changing shape of water through the ages. Devoting a double page with a delicately toned watercolor for each month, Waldman's esthetic emphasizes visual design in the slanted march of July's torrential rains or the blushing hues of the twilight reflection of distant foothills or the white-capped crest of a mighty November wave's swirling linear swells. The visual poetry adds measurably to the text's description. 2003, Millbrook Press, Ages 4 to 8.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz