Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle

By: Miranda Paul

Illustrator: Jason Chin

“Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless . . . it cools high.” A brother and sister gaze at clouds, slosh through puddles, and experience the other phases of the water cycle through the seasons. More about water. Further reading. Select bibliography. Full-color watercolor and gouache illustrations.

ISBN: 9781596439849

JLG Release: Aug 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Hydrologic cycle , Water , Science and nature , Earth sciences , Family life , Seasons

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Awards & Honors

Capitol Choices 2016; SLJ’s Best Books of 2015, Nonfiction
ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Younger Readers
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Informational Books for Younger Readers
100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, Children’s Books
2016 CCBC Choices–Science, Technology, and the Natural World
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, STEM

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
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 o
[STARRED REVIEW]
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

Horn Book

An evocative rhyming text and verdant watercolors introduce the water cycle to young readers by linking water’s forms—from water to steam to clouds to fog to rain to ice to snow—to seasonal changes and kid-friendly activities such as swimming, finding pictures in clouds, and sipping hot cocoa after a day of snow play. “Fog i An evocative rhyming text and verdant watercolors introduce the water cycle to young readers by linking water’s forms—from water to steam to clouds to fog to rain to ice to snow—to seasonal changes and kid-friendly activities such as swimming, finding pictures in clouds, and sipping hot cocoa after a day of snow play. “Fog is fog unless . . . / it falls down. / Patter. Splatter. What is that sound?” The textual simplicity, matched with the large size and clarity of the illustrations, makes this a strong choice for group sharing in libraries or classrooms, and the narrative’s focus on an interracial family further elevates the appeal and notability. Text and illustrations evince an infectious joy in nature, in which readers are encouraged to take part, and visual depictions of nature and childhood alike are breathtakingly in their vibrant color, sense of motion, and wealth of detail. With the advent of spring, the narrative jumps from what water is (rain, fog, cloud, snow, tap, etc.) to what it makes (squishy mud, which feeds trees, which grow apples, which are pressed into cider . . . etc.). Water’s importance to life is emphasized throughout, and readers will enjoy spotting its additional forms and uses bubbling up in the background of each spread. While the main text focuses more on identifying than explaining, additional scientific information and details about the water cycle are included in the back matter, along with recommended further reading, a bibliography, and a call to appreciate and conserve water. claire e. gross

Book Details

ISBN

9781596439849

First Release

August 2015

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

551.48

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 240L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Hydrologic cycle, Water, Science and nature, Earth sciences, Family life, Seasons,

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