Miranda Paul, Author
Jason Chin, Illustrator
Roaring Brook Press, Nonfiction, May 26, 2015
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Water cycles, Seasons, Rhyming, Diversity
Opening: “Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless…it heats up.”
Synopsis: Two children explore the different phases of the water cycle during the year. They experience rain turning into fog, snow, and ice, as each season brings with it the mystique of this life-giving element.
Why I like this book:
Miranda Paul’s engaging brief and lyrical text sings off the pages. The rhyming is very clever. Children will relate to the brother and sister as they experience water in its many forms throughout the year. I especially like that the brother and sister in the story are biracial with a diverse group of children joining them as they splash in puddles, glide on ice, build snowmen, throw snowballs, squish in mud after snow melts, pick apples, press apple cider and jump into ponds. This is a fascinating introduction to the water cycle for young children. Jason Chin’s lively and expressive watercolors contribute significantly to the beauty of Water Is Water. This is an exceptional pairing of text with illustrations.
Resources: Paul includes extensive backmatter about the movement and change of water from liquid to vapor and fog, to precipitation, to ice and so on. This information will compliment classroom lesson plans.
Miranda Paul has traveled to Gambia as a volunteer teacher, a fair-trade and literacy advocate, and freelance journalist. She is also the author of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (read my review) and Water is Water, both of which were named Junior Library Guild selections. Visit Miranda Paul at her website.