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Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
     

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle

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by Miranda Paul
 

Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless...it heats up.
Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless...it cools high.

This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable

Overview

Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless...it heats up.
Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless...it cools high.

This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin (Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island, Gravity) combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/27/2015
Two siblings from a mixed-race family engage in water-related activities throughout the year in a poetic exploration of the forms that water takes. First seen exploring a pond behind their idyllic home, the boy and girl are driven indoors by a rainstorm and warm up with steaming mugs of cocoa on their front porch: "Drip. Sip./ Pour me a cup./ Water is water unless.../ it heats up./ Whirl. Swirl./ Watch it curl by./ Steam is steam unless.../ it cools high." From there, Paul (One Plastic Bag) moves through the seasons as clouds become fog, which transitions to rain that gathers in puddles. In winter, the children and their friends skate on the frozen pond, and spring's return brings the story full circle. As usual, Chin (Gravity) blends naturalistic detail with a glint of whimsy (in one spread, patchy clouds form the shape of a dragon in a wagon), evoking the seasons through shifts of light and changing foliage. A closing section shares additional information about the water cycle, rounding out a story as enchanting as it is informative. Ages 6–10. Author's agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. (May)
From the Publisher

“A biracial brother and sister explore the out-of-doors (and a bit of mischief) through the four seasons in this poetic look at the many forms water takes on its trip through its cycle . . . An engaging and lyrical look at the water cycle.” —Kirkus Reviews

“In this gentle and very cleverly rhymed book, basics of the water cycle are conveyed through what otherwise looks and feels like a narrative picture book. An effortlessly multicultural cast of kids floats, darts, and dallies through various seasons of the year, while Paul uses each spread to introduce the next phase of water. Example: "Misty. / Twisty. / Where is the town? / Fog is fog unless . . ."-page turn-"it falls down. / Patter. / Splatter. / What is that sound? / Rain is rain unless . . ." You rather want to know how the line ends, don't you? This excellent rhythm, which often uses ideas and images beyond what you'd expect, is matched by Chin's playful, soft-hued, but always realistic watercolor-and-gouache paintings. Chin is especially adept at portraying light sources, whether they be an early morning glow through kitchen windows, a foggy street through which a school bus creeps, or the blinding golds of autumn sunshine through leaves. A two-page section at the back supplies a bit of the science behind these everyday miracles.” —Booklist

“Paul's poetic text highlights various forms water takes as it follows a brother and sister through the year. It includes autumn fog and rain, frozen ponds and falling snow, steam from cups of cocoa, and snowmelt turning dirt to mud. Chin once again demonstrates his mastery of nature illustration, infusing familiar outdoor scenes with simple kid-centric activities that will hold readers' attention while they listen to the text. Although not as dramatic as George Ella Lyon's All the Water in the World (S. & S., 2011), Paul's introduction to the water cycle includes more information that will help extend learning. She provides examples of the water content of various living things and stresses Earth's limited supply of fresh water. The author ties explanations of processes such as evaporation and condensation to pages of the text. VERDICT A first-rate introduction to the water cycle for young readers.” —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This is a book about the water cycle has children playing in all kinds of weather. “Drip./ Sip./ Pour me a cup. / Water/ is/ water/ unless... [turn the page] it heats up.” Paul presents an accurate if brief description of the water cycle. Students who are just learning to read (or just learning the water cycle), will enjoy the wonderful cadence and rhyme that comes with each page turn. Can they guess what comes next? Chin’s beautiful pictures follow a brother and sister through the seasons, as they watch the clouds over a lake, wait for the bus, play in puddles, and skate on a lake with friends. Every color of child is represented and every one of them looks happy. The main story is thirty pages (or 15 double-spreads) and about 150 words. The four pages of back matter provides more detail. There, Paul covers evaporation and condensation as well as offering statistics about how much of the life around us is made up of water (a garter snake is about 74 percent water.). Paul also offers a list of books for further reading and a bibliography. This book should be in classrooms and libraries everywhere. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen; Ages 6 to 10.
School Library Journal
★ 03/01/2015
PreS-Gr 2—Paul's poetic text highlights various forms water takes as it follows a brother and sister through the year. It includes autumn fog and rain, frozen ponds and falling snow, steam from cups of cocoa, and snowmelt turning dirt to mud. Chin once again demonstrates his mastery of nature illustration, infusing familiar outdoor scenes with simple kid-centric activities that will hold readers' attention while they listen to the text. Although not as dramatic as George Ella Lyon's All the Water in the World (S. & S., 2011), Paul's introduction to the water cycle includes more information that will help extend learning. She provides examples of the water content of various living things and stresses Earth's limited supply of fresh water. The author ties explanations of processes such as evaporation and condensation to pages of the text. VERDICT A first-rate introduction to the water cycle for young readers.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews
2015-02-03
A biracial brother and sister explore the out-of-doors (and a bit of mischief) through the four seasons in this poetic look at the many forms water takes on its trip through its cycle. The book begins in summer as the siblings catch a turtle in the pond near their home before rain drives them indoors. From drinking a cup of water to watching the steam rise from their hot cocoa, the two notice the water around them, letting the turtle go again under a gorgeous cloud-filled sky before a page turn signals autumn, school, falling leaves and fog. "Rain is rain unless… // on the ground. / Slosh / in galoshes. / Splash to your knees! / Puddles are puddles unless… // puddles freeze. / Glide. / Slide. / Put on the brakes! / Ice is ice unless… // it forms flakes." Much like Deborah Lee Rose's illustrations for her Twelve Days books, Chin's realistic watercolor-and-gouache illustrations offer repeat readers seemingly endless new details, like the brother's propensity for finding small animals with which to torment his sister. The water cycle's importance is brought home in the closing pages, snow leading to spring to mud to roots to apples to cider. Backmatter tells more about each step in the cycle, using solid explanations and science vocabulary. An engaging and lyrical look at the water cycle. (water facts, further reading, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596439849
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
05/26/2015
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
102,424
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Miranda Paul has written everything from articles on gardening to poems about the life cycle of a butterfly. She lives a short drive from the shoreline in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, children, and two friendly cats who love taking baths.

Jason Chin is the award-winning author and illustrator of Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island: A Story of the Galapagos, which was named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. His most recent book, Gravity, received three starred reviews. Jason lives with his wife, Deirdre Gill, and their two children in Burlington, Vermont.

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Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReaderWriterEducator More than 1 year ago
Lyrical science at its best. What a great way to introduce the water cycle!