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City of Water



by
Andrea Curtis
illustrated by
Katy Dockrill

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
House of
Imprint
Groundwood
ISBN
9781773061443
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JLG Category

City Elementary

The second book in the ThinkCities series explores water as a precious, finite resource, tracing its journey from source, through the city, and back again.

Living in cities where water flows effortlessly from our taps and fountains, it’s easy to take it for granted. City of Water, the second book in the ThinkCities series, shines a light on the water system that is vital for our health and well-being. The narrative traces the journey of water from the forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and wetlands that form the watershed, through pipes and treatment facilities, into our taps, fire hydrants and toilets, then out through storm and sewer systems toward wastewater treatment plants and back into the watershed.

Along the way we discover that some of the earliest cities with water systems date back to the Indus Valley in 2500 BC; that in 1920 only 1 percent of the US population had indoor plumbing; that if groundwater is used up too quickly, the land canactually sink; and more. The text is sprinkled with fun and surprising facts — some water fountains in Paris offer sparkling water, and scientists are working to extract microscopic particles of precious metals found in sewage.

Readers are encouraged to think about water as a finite resource, and to take action to prevent our cities and watersheds from becoming more polluted. More than 2 billion people in the world are without access to safe, fresh water at home. As the world’s population grows, along with pollution and climate change, access to clean water is becoming an urgent issue.

Includes practical steps that kids can take to help conserve water.Suggestions to help ensure clean and accessible water. Glossary. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations were created with brush and ink, then finished in Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10 3/5" x 8 4/5"

Dewey

363.6

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Picture Books for Older Readers

Topics

Municipal water supply. Water. Water cycle. Urban and city life. Watersheds. Natural resources. Finite resources. History of urban water systems. Science and nature. Oceans and lakes. Environmental conservation and protection. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–City dwellers may take water for granted, but it’s a finite resource—and where does it come from? This welcome new title provides the answer for middle grade readers. After Curtis’s A Forest in the City, this is the second in a series addressing environmental concerns affecting cities, where many young readers live. The writer opens with the history of water systems and the sad, surprising lack of such systems even today in many parts of the world. She describes water sources (watersheds, aquifers, and bottled water), aqueducts, and reservoirs that transport water to the cities, and treatment systems including desalination (using the Canadian term). The book then moves on to storage and usage of treated water (including leaks), the problem of polluted public waters, and the ways water can vary in taste and even feel. At the other end of the system is wastewater collection and disposal, which includes what happens to storm waters and to the now-recycled waters that have passed through these extensive systems. The book concludes by suggesting ways readers can help preserve this precious resource. Spread by spread, this systematic explanation is enlivened by Dockrill’s brush-and-ink illustrations, which show a diversity of people. The back matter includes a glossary, selected sources, and acknowledgments. The endpapers illustrate the familiar water cycle. VERDICT Cogently fills an information gap for school and public libraries.–Kathleen Isaacs, ­Children’s ­Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–City dwellers may take water for granted, but it’s a finite resource—and where does it come from? This welcome new title provides the answer for middle grade readers. After Curtis’s A Forest in the City, this is the second in a series addressing environmental concerns affecting cities, where many young readers live. The writer opens with the history of water systems and the sad, surprising lack of such systems even today in many parts of the world. She describes water sources (watersheds, aquifers, and bottled water), aqueducts, and reservoirs that transport water to the cities, and treatment systems including desalination (using the Canadian term). The book then moves on to storage and usage of treated water (including leaks), the problem of polluted public waters, and the ways water can vary in taste and even feel. At the other end of the system is wastewater collection and disposal, which includes what happens to storm waters and to the now-recycled waters that have passed through these extensive systems. The book concludes by suggesting ways readers can help preserve this precious resource. Spread by spread, this systematic explanation is enlivened by Dockrill’s brush-and-ink illustrations, which show a diversity of people. The back matter includes a glossary, selected sources, and acknowledgments. The endpapers illustrate the familiar water cycle. VERDICT Cogently fills an information gap for school and public libraries.–Kathleen Isaacs, ­Children’s ­Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD

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