Water is water, in all three states of matter: ice as a solid, liquid water as, well, a liquid, and water vapor as a gas. But there are many more ways of experiencing water, as shown beautifully in a new children’s book by Miranda Paul and illustrated by the talented Jason Chin (Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island: A Story of the Galapagos, and Gravity).
In Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle (New York: Roaring Book Press, 2015, 40 pp.), Paul describes with minimal active words the various forms that water can take over the four seasons – starting in the late summer with a sip of water from the faucet. Into fall the water turns into steam from cups of hot chocolate which then form cool clouds in the sky. And so on through the seasons, as fog, rain, puddles, ice, snowflakes, a rushing creek, in squishy mud, and finally as the water from freshly picked apples that are made into cider. With each page and its different experience of water are stunning paintings by Chin that show kids engaged in their environments. I love the perspective Chin gives in his work, making it feel as if the reader is witness themselves to watching this group of kids play in nature, whether at the edges of a lake looking for wildlife or on school grounds splashing in puddles. Following the story, Paul provides scientific information about what is happening with the water on each page, as well as some thoughts about the importance of water.
Recommended for elementary-aged kids.
Enjoy these images from the book, from the publisher’s website: