Perfect Picture Book Friday: WATER CAN BE

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

ISBN: 9781467705912

SOURCE:  pre-release review copy


GENRE: nonfiction, poetry


“Water is water —

It’s puddle, pond, sea.

When springtime comes splashing,

The water flows free.”

From the publisher: “Water can be a…

Thirst quencher
Kid drencher
Cloud fluffer
Fire snuffer
Find out about the many roles water plays in this poetic exploration of water throughout the year.”

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.

You’ll find way more cool books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s “Perfect Picture Books.” Every Friday folks review a host of new books. Join us!

26 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: WATER CAN BE”

  1. Great idea to do this for PPBF with visitors here I haven’t got around to reading it. Must read today it sounds beautiful.

      1. Me again! I don’t seem to have the right program to upload the book. What did you use, Kirsten?

      2. Catherine it took me several tries. It’s not the most seamless of programs. I had to download Adobe Digital Editions, set up an Adobe login. Then I could read the book.

  2. Such a beautiful and inspirational book! I like that it is written in rhyme and that the author is donating her royalties to WaterAid. We need children to be interested in our natural resources, especially water.

  3. Ooo, you have seen an early copy, I can’t wait for this to be released! So cool that Laura is donating a percentage of her royalties to WaterAid.

  4. This book looks beautiful! This puts me in mind of the lyrical water manuscript that I’ve been submitting here and there…I will definitely have to check this one out. Thanks for a lovely review, Kirsten.:)

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