From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This brightly illustrated picture book enters an already crowded field of titles about this topic. After a brief explanation of the water cycle, the author explains how reservoir water is filtered, mixed with alum to remove dirt, made "clean and safe" at the water-treatment plant, and sent through pipes to homes and buildings. The writing is clear and concise, the science simple and correct. Appropriately for this age group, there is no attempt to explain why water evaporates when it is warmed or why dirt sticks to alum at the waterworks. A small African-American girl and her pup add comments and spark to the scientific text. The illustrations look like slick, airbrushed, Saturday-morning cartoons, which make this offering less attractive than Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks (Scholastic, 1986) or Melvin Berger's Water, Water Everywhere (Ideals, 1995). The three appended experiments are old favorites that can be found in many sources, but one of the explanations is misleading. It seems to indicate that warmed water in a closed container does not evaporate, when, in fact, it does evaporate but cannot escape into the atmosphere. An additional purchase.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ
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About the Author
Like the fantastic imagined landscapes she creates, Nancy Tobin has constructed her career in layers: varied but consistent in its commitment to form, technique and process.
Her dedication to art-making started early, in a basement studio she created at age 10 in her parents' home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Following the path open to the youngest child in a blue-collar family, she parlayed a degree in commercial art into a successful career as an award-winning graphic designer and children’s book illustrator.
Tobin moved to San Francisco (where she studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute), then relocated to the New York area in 2001.
Since her move to the New York area, Nancy's painting career has taken flight. She has had solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the country, including: The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Michigan, Orange County Center for Contemporary art in California, Rutgers University and The Pierro Gallery in New Jersey.
In 2007, Tobin won the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Papermaking fellowship at Rutgers University. Her work has been acquired by numerous private and museum collectors.
Barbara Seuling has written numerous books for children, including Winter Lullaby, which Booklist called a "beautifully delivered natural history lesson"; Oh No, It's Robert; The Teeny Tiny Woman; and a dozen "little-known" fact books, including You Can't Eat Peanuts in Church and Other Little-Known Laws. She divides her time between New York City and Landgrove, Vermont.