Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
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.
JLG Release: Aug 2015
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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
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
8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
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