Water's Way

Water's Way

by Lisa Westberg Peters, Ted Rand

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Snug indoors during winter, Tony hopes for snow. While he waits, climatic changes mirror changes inside his house. Steam from a pot of soup hits a cool window pane and clouds the glass; moist sea air rises, cools and forms clouds. Finally, the air turns cold: a fogged window becomes covered with frost, and water in the clouds freezes into ice crystals. Tony wakes to greet a white world. This companion volume to The Sun, the Wind and the Rain is not quite as successful in its attempt to show a child's world as a microcosm of nature. The equations here are a bit forced: for instance, liquid soap squeezed into Tony's bath is likened to a creek reaching and blending into the open sea. Peters's ( Good Morning, River! ; Tania's Trolls ) prose is, for the most part, clear and concise, and Rand's paintings are typically striking in their depictions of natural forces. Their combined efforts, however, are at times confusing--as when the text describes the steamy window as being ``covered . . . with a foggy curtain,'' and the illustration depicts Tony pulling aside an actual curtain, thin and filmy. The book may raise more questions than it answers. Ages 4-7. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- An attempt to show the many forms that HO takes in the atmosphere and on Earth, contrasting the weather conditions on a winter day with the changing water forms inside a boy's home. As clouds are created from sea mist, steam from a simmering pot of soup fogs the kitchen window; as rain falls outside, drops streak down the misty inner pane on which the child has written his name. A swollen creek spilling into the salty sea is compared to a bathtub filled with soapy bubbles; freezing ice crystals in the clouds with freezing mist on the bathroom window. Rand illustrates Peters's comparisons with a large inset on each right-hand page that shows the boy's movements within his house; the glorious full-page acrylic paintings in muted tones clearly depict the text. Not so notable in its presentation of natural phenomenon as Peters's The Sun, the Wind and the Rain (Holt, 1988), this title will, nevertheless, provide an interesting first science lesson for young children. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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Arcade Publishing
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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