Topic: Water & Its Cycle

  Cloud Dance

by Thomas Locker

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Water & Its Cycle 

The luminous oil paintings and simple, lyrical text of Locker's Cloud Dance evoke the natural beauty of clouds as they "drift and dance across the sky" over rustic landscape settings, changing color, shape and size during different times of the day and seasons. Factual information about the formation and types of clouds is found in the Endnotes.

        Grades: Preschool to 5th

  A Cool Drink of Water

by Barbara Kerley

PAPERBACK
Water & Its Cycle
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Published by the National Geographic Society, A Cool Drink of Water, circles the globe through stunning photography, catching breathtaking imagery of people and animals collecting and drinking water. From solitary hikers pausing to drink in the mountains and canyons of Western North America to an old farmer in the Irish countryside drawing fresh water from a well for himself and his cows, from the stately black figures of women carrying stacks of brass water pots in India to children in Nepal filling a jug of water with rainwater dripping from a roof -- the images resonate the unifying, common need of all of life for this vital resource. Though the text is minimal, focusing readers instead on the stunning visual imagery, a map and the captioned spread of thumbnail copies of the photos in the back of the book explain how various cultures use and conserve water. "A Note on Water Conservation" emphasizes the limited amount of fresh, clean water available to life and the importance of protecting the water supply so as to ensure "that now and in the future everyone, everywhere can always enjoy a cool drink of water."

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  A Drop Around the World

by Barbara Shaw McKinney

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Water & Its Cycle 

Over mountains, deserts, rain forests and towns, traveling through landscapes, seas and rivers, into animals and plants, swirling through freezing Arctic air, passing underground through subterranean streams and wells, and rising up amongst clouds and rainbows, a drop of water flows endlessly over the globe, changing state from vapor, rain, fog, mist, snow and ice. Presented in rhyming verse with brilliantly colorful, oversized, full-page illustrations, the journey of "Drop" begins and ends off the New England coast, weaving through numerous settings around the planet in its travels, as it engagingly introduces readers to the wonders and importance of the water cycle. Endnotes supplement factual material about the physical properties of water and its cycle. (A teacher’s guide is also published for lesson plans on the water cycle to accompany the book -- ISBN: 1883220777.)

        Grades: 1st to 6th

  The Drop in My Drink

by Meredith Hooper

PAPERBACK
Water & Its Cycle

Taking a child on a fascinating voyage through time and place, "The Drop in My Drink" tells the story of water as it travels before the beginning of earth to our planet, through the primordial seas of ancient life forms, onto the land throughout millions of organisms which it nourishes. The water in the drop has traveled during its journey throughout the Earth in its forms of ice, vapor and liquid forming the landscape, eroding and rearranging the face of the planet. This engrossing picture book introduces a variety of topics to young readers about geology, biology and chemistry in relation to the role of water, interspersing relevant factual material throughout the drop's extensive journey. This intriguing voyage is followed by "Looking After Water" that outlines the importance of protecting our water resources, a section on the water cycle and "Amazing Water Facts" which supplements the text.

      Grades: 3rd to 6th

  One Well: The Story of Water on Earth

by Rochelle Strauss

HARDCOVER
Water & Its Cycle
Environmental Themes 

Portraying the water of the Earth as coming from one global source that is the One Well, this vividly illustrated book provides a wealth of information about the importance of water to life as well as the necessity of conserving and protecting this precious resource. Rochelle Strauss, author of Tree of Life, points out that the amount of water on Earth is constant, that the water that existed at the beginning of the Earth is the same as now, and "because it is all connected, how we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, including us, now and for years to come."

This fascinating book examines a wide array of topics on water, including: the water cycle, the importance of water in sustaining all life and how plants and animals also play a role in the water cycle; the integral role of water in habitats; the dependence of life on freshwater which comprises 3% of the water on Earth and of which only 1% is accessible; the rapidly increasing, unsustainable demand by growing populations, industry and agriculture for this resource; the uneven distribution of water throughout different parts of the world; and, the increasing pollution of the One Well. Numerous sidebars offer further information such as the fact that humans are 70% water, that one-third of the human population has access to only one-tenth of the world’s freshwater supply, and that 1.8 million tonnes of garbage are dumped into the Earth’s water everyday.

To protect the Earth’s One Well, Strauss encourages children to become "Well Aware" -- to learn more about the Well, to educate others, to use less water and to protect this resource through actions at home and the community. "Notes to Parents, Guardians and Teachers" includes a discussion of issues besides overconsumption that threaten Earth’s One Well including habitat destruction, global warming and climate change. While encouraging stewardship and responsibility in children to become Well Aware, adults will also "foster a sense of compassion and understanding for the needs of people around the world, as well as other species and habitats."

For more information visit: World Water Day 2007

See also:
Rochell Strauss' Tree of Life,
Barbara Kerley's A Cool Drink of Water,
Meredith Hooper's The Drop in My Drink,
Eleonore Schmid's The Water's Journey, and
Mark Rauzon and Cynthia Overbeck Bix's Water, Water Everywhere

      Grades: 3rd & up

  The Snowflake : A Water Cycle Story

by Neil Waldman

HARDCOVER
Water & Its Cycle
Experience of Nature 

During a snowstorm in January, a snowflake falls from the sky onto a jagged mountain. Over the course of a year, month by month transforming from snow to ice to water to vapor, the droplet journeys through the various stages of the water cycle in this lyrical picture book of Waldman’s watercolor artwork. Each month depicts water flowing through underground streams into pipes of irrigation systems, evaporating to form fog and condensing into a cloud, raining down through a plumbing system and flowing back to the ocean, and, having completed the cycle, falling once again as snow onto a jagged mountain.

See also:
Barbara Shaw McKinney's A Drop Around the World, and
Meredith Hooper's The Drop in My Drink

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Water

by Frank Asch

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Water & Its Cycle 

"With beautiful, bright water color paintings, and in simple plain text, Frank Asch gives his young readers a clear and gentle portrait of water and what it is. From rain and dew to a long winding river, water is presented in its many forms in a way accessible to kindergarteners. For older elementary students each page can be used as a gateway for further discussion." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (Fall 1997) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Water Dance

by Thomas Locker

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Water & Its Cycle 

"In this stunningly beautiful book, Thomas Locker presents the story of water in lush oil paintings and quiet moving text: 'Some people say that I am one thing. Others say that I am many. Ever since the world began I have been moving in an endless circle. Sometimes I fall from the sky. I am the rain.' . . . The Afterward is more than just scientific facts; it is beautifully and poetically written and it makes the water cycle accessible to any age reader." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (Fall 1997) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 5th

  Water Music

by Jane Yolen

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Water & Its Cycle 

"This book is a perfect blend of words and pictures. In response to her son's lovely photographs, Jane Yolen has written about water in its various forms. The photos and poems offer new ways of seeing water and ice, sometimes, in surprising ways." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (Fall 1997) published by CCEL.

        Grades: 3rd to 7th

  Water, Water Everywhere

by Mark J. Rauzon and Cynthia Overbeck Bix

PAPERBACK
Water & Its Cycle
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

Water, Water Everywhere, published by the Sierra Club, celebrates water as the most precious resource of life as well as the astounding beauty that water brings to the Earth. Beautiful, vivid photographs and concise, poetic text explore the various forms of water in its continuous, never-ending cycle, its importance in sustaining life and shaping the Earth as well as the need for all people to conserve and protect this limited, vital resource. The stunning photography shows water as an integral part of nature as well as images of children splashing, playing and walking in this wondrous, vital element which "brings color and life to earth".

        Grades: Kindergarten to 2nd

  The Water's Journey

by Eleonore Schmid

PAPERBACK
Water & Its Cycle

"This book uses simple language to explain the complexities of the water cycle. It tells the story of tiny drops of water freezing, falling as snowflakes, journeying all the way to the ocean, only to evaporate and return to the sky. The paintings visually depict the segments of the journey and lend insight into how water affects rocks, plants, animals, and people." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

Reviewed in Nature's Course (March/April 1994) published by CCEL.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Where the River Begins

by Thomas Locker

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Water & Its Cycle 

"Josh and Aaron set out on a journey, guided by their grandfather and their curiosities, to discover where the river that flows by their house begins. They backpack through many landscapes, following the river until they come to a pond, high in the mountains --- they have discovered the source of the river. The children learn about the cycle of water that brings rain to the pond, down through the river, and out into the ocean. Magical landscape paintings celebrate the pure wonder of this natural journey." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

Reviewed in Nature's Course (September/October 1993) published by CCEL.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd