Water Is Water

Water Is Water
Words by Miranda Paul
Illustrated by Jason Chin
Published 2015

Water is water… unless it’s not.
In beautiful, sparse poetry we follow a pair of siblings through the year. From early summer rains to foggy autumn to snowy winter and muddy spring, the children experience the water cycle.

I’m sure most of us have read about the water cycle – evaporation, condensation, precipitation. But Water is Water takes those basics and expands and expounds. Clouds swirl, snowballs smack, trees turn water into fruit; water is everywhere.

As far as the pictures… It’s Jason Chin and his art is breathtaking. The watercolors, oh lovely.

This is a wonderful, dual purpose book. It has a place in school while studying the water cycle, but it’s also a fun story about a happy family that works great for story time or bedtime.
The sparse text gives it accessibility to the very young readers and the information (including two pages of backmatter) make it good for older independent readers. I’d recommend to not-eating/ripping-book age (2-3 years) to 3rd or 4th grade.

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And if you check out Miranda Paul’s website, linked above, she has teacher resources and even a link to a songified version that would be perfect for a preschool storytime.

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