Water Dance

Water Dance

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by Thomas Locker
     
 

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A poetic introduction to one of nature's most basic elements-water. Includes factual information on the water cycle.  See more details below

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A poetic introduction to one of nature's most basic elements-water. Includes factual information on the water cycle.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
"Some people say that I am one thing./ Others say that I am many." In this poetic soliloquy, water proclaims its many manifestations as it courses through its never-ending cycle: "In white-silver veils I rise" as mist; "I float," "I drift" as clouds; "I rise up as gleaming power-filled towers" as a thunderhead; "I am still and deep" as a lake. Locker's (Where the River Begins) traditional landscapes and seascapes illuminate natural splendors with the same serenity and awe found in his previous books; once again, his painterly style makes no concessions to children. A supplement by Candace Christiansen adds scientific explanations of the water cycle and its relationship to wind, weather and atmospheric phenomena. While the rather dense appendix can help adults and older children to understand the changes portrayed, hard information about the hydrologic cycle strikes a discordant note after the simple, poetic text and the landscapes questing after the sublime.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Every page is breathtaking, worthy of framing, in this collection of oil paintings, thick with color and mood. Tranquil and poetic, the narration consists of brief passages that celebrate each body of water, flowing smoothly as a current over the pages. Seascapes and landscapes appear dressed in rainbow and mist. At the conclusion of this treasure, detailed information on the water cycle appears next to a miniature of each painting.
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
If you are looking for a New Age children's book, this is it. Each two page spread introduces a form of water (mist, stream, rain, etc.) via a short poem which is centered on the left-hand page, and a full page reproduction of an oil painting on the right-hand page. For example, the mist poem reads: "Drawn upward / by warm sunlight, / in white-silver veils / I rise into the air ./ I disappear . /I am the mist." All of this is set on cream-colored paper. The paintings are New Age on the one hand, but also are somewhat reminiscent of the Hudson River School works.
Kirkus Reviews
Water in its many guises and the scientific process that commands the shape it takes—liquid, solid, and gas—are the subjects of this collection of paintings.

A first-person narration covers the journey of water on its circular path, as streams, rivers, and oceans evaporate into fog and clouds, only to return to earth as rain: "I am one thing./I am many things./I am water./This is my dance through our world." Of most interest but relegated to the back of the book are endnotes by Candace Christiansen (with Locker, Sky Tree, 1995) explaining scene-by-scene the various phenomena the painter's brush has recorded, e.g., a brilliant scarlet sunset is the result of low-angled sunlight passing through layers of water vapor. Locker's paintings and text are poetic, but both have a languid, slightly static quality to them. Unlike Sky Tree, in which science facts were incorporated into the body of the text, the paintings don't illustrate the text in any true sense, but sit on the page.

From the Publisher
"A happy marriage of art and science."—School Library Journal
"Locker's paintings and text are poetic."—Kirkus Reviews
"Lushly romantic oil paintings . . . [and] poetic text, offer viewers a sensuous introduction to the water cycle."—The Bulletin

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756970321
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Sales rank:
763,191
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"A happy marriage of art and science."—School Library Journal
"Locker's paintings and text are poetic."—Kirkus Reviews
"Lushly romantic oil paintings . . . [and] poetic text, offer viewers a sensuous introduction to the water cycle."—The Bulletin

Meet the Author


THOMAS LOCKER has written and illustrated many award-winning books for children, including the companion titles Water Dance and Mountain Dance. He lives in Stuyvesant, New York.

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Water Dance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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PetuniaMe More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my Grandson, but found that it's a favorite for the adults as well. The illustrations are amazing --- it's a book you want to pull out and read and look at over and over again!
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A nice peice of writing!!! I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Hannah, Sarah Wei
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just great to use as an example of 'word choice' in literature. It may also be used for the trait of 'ideas'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for teaching the water cycle. It goes through all the different forms of water we have on the earth and gives an explanation about each one in the index. You also read it in poetry form.