All the Water in the World

All the Water in the World

Book - 2011
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Faucet
            well
raincloud 
            sea …

from each of these
comes water.

But where does
Water go?

To find out, honey,
turn the page,
dive in 
    with tongue 
          or toes, 
with eyes and ears and nose--
and wonder
at the flow
of this great world's
life story.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416971306
1416971300
Branch Call Number: jP Lyon
PB LYON
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Tillotson, Katherine

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forbesrachel Sep 07, 2012

This is a great book for teaching about the cycle of water and how valuable it is to life.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 03, 2012

This is the kind of book that's going to fulfill a variety of different needs all at once. It makes teachers happy because it teaches science. It makes libraries happy because of its visual splendor and poetic language. And it makes kids happy because, quite frankly, its fun. You know what that means, don't you? This book's the best kind of triple threat.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 03, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 03, 2012

You get a pretty good sense of author George Ellen Lyon's writing style the minute you notice that the title is part of the book's first sentence. On the title page you'll read "All the water in the world" and then when you turn the page you encounter " . . . is all the water in the world." So right there you've handed child readers an oddly Zen but true sentence. Let `em chew on it a while and try to find a loophole. If they start talking about water from space then you start teaching a space unit as well, or maybe a vocabulary lesson where you determine what "in the world" really means. For the record, the book is full of these little verbal riddles. "Water doesn't come. It goes. Around." I sort of love that. I also love "that rain has been here before," setting up the idea of things circling around and around until something somewhere goes wrong. Lyon is a poet in her own right so while she's discussing matters of the material world she's still not afraid to throw in some delicious language. "Thirsty air / licks it from lakes / sips it from ponds / guzzles it from oceans . . ." How many books about the water cycle make you want to read them over and over again? Not too many, honey. Not too many.

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