By Miranda Paul
Illustrated by Jason Chin
Published by Roaring Brook Press
(A Division of MacMillan Publishing)
ISBN 978-1-59643-984-9

Science and easy vocabulary are hard to work together. WATER IS WATER by Miranda Paul achieves that partnership on each of the thirty pages in this book. The reader will learn of water and its many forms and uses, each page using no more than a handful of one-syllable words and a few others to dress up the story. After the final page and those few words, the reader has learned a great deal about the world of water in a delightful way that will stay with the reader for a long time. Some of the concepts of water forms can be quite complex, but Ms. Paul, with the use of her words, has brought it into easy grasp for the reader.

The words, in fact, are also part of a song performed by Emily Arrow, available on YOUTUBE at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJwNGo-7HY.

The illustrations by Jason Chin are a wonderful match for the words. Clearly, he devised a landscape to tell the story, plotting out a two-dimensional map for his own reference and then creating a three-dimensional illustration for each page for the reader to see, using different views of his “Water World” to follow along with Ms. Paul’s text. Color shines off every page as each scene unfolds with children bouncing through each step of the story – children in rain, in snow, in the mud, watching clouds – all delightful illustrations detailed right down to the pattern on a kite or another child holding a lizard as he comes off the bus.

After the final page of text, the book also includes a short glossary of terms and some interesting facts, as well as some further readings that may interest others.

Kids under the age of ten would probably enjoy this book the most, with its sparse words and eyefuls of illustrations. It is still enjoyable for others as well.

The hardcover version is listed at $18.99. I gladly review this book through the help of Becky Flansburg and the Multicultural Children’s Book Day organization.



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