This week I am so excited to review Laura Purdie Salas’s forthcoming book, Water Can Be. Laura is a talented poet and a generous soul. Her writerly wisdom in WRITING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET helped me get where I am today. And speaking of generous, Laura will be donating part of her royalties from the book to WaterAid, an international water charity.
TITLE: Water Can Be
AUTHOR: Laura Purdie Salas
ILLUSTRATOR: Violeta Dabija
PUBLICATION INFO: Millbrook Press, April 1, 2014
SOURCE: pre-release review copy
INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 5 to 8
GENRE: nonfiction, poetry
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“Water is water —
It’s puddle, pond, sea.
When springtime comes splashing,
The water flows free.”
From the publisher: “Water can be a…
THEMES/TOPICS: nature, poetry, nonfiction
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: To folks who say nonfiction can’t be fun, I say, “read this.” Like her previous book, A Leaf Can Be, Water Can Be is a lyrical read-aloud. I’d argue that children much younger than age five would enjoy both the poetry and bright illustrations. Laura includes extensive back matter, for example, additional information about how water makes clouds, houses tadpoles, and feeds otters. I love that she’s included this information at the end rather than on each page, which would disrupt the flow of her verse. She also includes a glossary and places to find additional information.
RESOURCES: Last year I reviewed George Ella Lyons’s ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD and collected quite a few water resources. I’ll revisit them here:
- The EPA has this lesson plan on the water cycle for grades K-3 and 4-6.
- The US Geological Survey has a cartoon infographic about the water cycle, here. They also have a graphic available as a placemat. Now you can think about the water cycle when you have a glass of water with dinner.
- For grades 3-5, check out Scholastic’s Study Jams lesson plan on the water cycle.
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