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Author: Portis, Antoinette
Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/19)
School Library Journal (+) (00/12/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/19)
The Hornbook (+) (00/03/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2019 A girl talks to water about its varied qualities. First, she acknowledges its liquid form, pouring from faucets, spraying from showers and sprinklers, and flowing into stream, river, and ocean. There are quiet lakes and noisy pools, sliding teardrops and pouring rain. She also recognizes water vapor in steam, clouds, and fog. Frozen water can be “hard as rock” (ice cube, iceberg, ice rink) or “soft as a feather” (snow). But in any form, “Hey, water, thank you!” The text creates an easy-going, conversational tone while maintaining a good balance of scientific knowledge, everyday observation, and a child's perspective. In the book's artwork, sumi ink brush drawings delineate forms, while color is added digitally. The brushstrokes bring a sense of spontaneity and energy to the scenes, which show up beautifully from a distance. A large, labeled picture illustrates the water cycle. Appended pages include more detailed discussions of water's different forms as well as the importance of conservation. A handsome picture book that’s well suited to reading aloud, especially for classroom units on water. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.