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Preschool-Grade 2. Gorgeous full-page illustrations and minimal text give global perspective to the idea that water is basic to all human life. Photos depict people collecting, transporting, and drinking the liquid while the poetic text reminds readers that "Everyone/Everywhere" enjoys "A nice, cool drink of water." The print itself creates visual interest with verbs in italics and nouns in bold. A spread at the back of the book includes thumbnail copies of the illustrations with captions and a map identifying the locations of the shots. There is also a statement on water conservation from the president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Enjoyable to browse and a stunning introduction to a unit on water.
Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ages 4-8. Stunning photographs shine through this international tour of water gathering around the world. The spare text, only a few words per page, introduces the images--a boy fills a jug from a drainpipe; women in burqa balance brass pots on their heads. A concluding section expands briefly on each image's location and story, and a final essay by John Fahey, National Geographic Society president and CEO, throws out dramatic statistics about water conservation. Despite this warning, however, the book's gorgeous photos and minimal text misleadingly portray the earth's water supply as clean, fresh, and drinkable; nothing indicates, for example, that the boy bending into the river next to the shimmering reflection of the Taj Mahal is probably filling his pot with deeply polluted water. Nonetheless, children will be entranced by the beautiful images of a basic substance that connects us all. Excellent for cross-cultural discussions. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 1 edition (January 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792254899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792254898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best thing about writing children's books is that I get to follow my curiosity--around the world and even into outer space.

Come visit my website to see the stories I tell. www.barbarakerley.com




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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones on August 9, 2013
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I have a in home daycare that teaches multiculture awareness and go green ethics. I have children from 1-5 years old. This book reaches each child age appropriately. THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AMAZING! The children love to look at this book and listen to the book aloud! Also, our kids are globally aware of different cultures and languages. A Cool Drink of Water gives even more knowledge about culture through a universal theme, Water. It is simply a marvelous book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2013
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This book has been a wonderful addition to my 2nd grade water unit. The text is very simple but the pictures allow students to observe how people access water around the world and lead to some interesting research questions. If you're looking for more information there is a fact page at the back that gives some background on each picture (such as where it was taken).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Driftlessmama on September 23, 2013
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This book by Barbara Kerley is stunning. Not only are the photos absolutely beautiful but the photos and words convey so much about the beauty of differing cultures and the value of one of our most important global assets, clean water. Her other children's books are also worth a look! My 2 year old son loves this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eve93 on January 26, 2014
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We wanted to expand into some non-fiction for our children. This is a beautiful introduction for children to think about our need for clean drinking water. A very important lesson.
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By MN on January 10, 2015
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Beautiful pictures from around the world. Very easy reading, one sentence a page. Nice explanation letter from the director of national geography at the very end. Good global awareness of how water is collected.
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i love that this book shows photos of a diverse group of people. its really fun, and my niece loves that its photos of real people and not just drawing. the writing is meh, but the pictures are so fun.
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