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A Drop Around the World Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Amazon lists it as suitable for ages 4-8 -- a conservative estimate, at best. Like only the best children books can, it appeals to all ages. And like only the best EE books, it has educational messages for young and old. At first, my 3-year-old was mainly concerned with searching out the "protagonist" drop from the rest of the water on each page. Now he also enjoys identifying all of the animals, so expertly drawn, as the pages go by. I myself get caught up in the text. I marvel at how factual and informative McKinney can be and still maintain an engaging and unforced rhyme scheme.
And finally as an added bonus, even the artwork is virtually flawless. I'm pleased to say that after close inspection I have found only one error. On the African Rainforest pages there is a Harpy Eagle which is a species only found in South America. Few $60-$80 ecology textbooks fair as well under my scrutiny!
I particularly like the symbols that appear throughout the text, where the drop demonstrates the water cycle properties. They are further explained in the end pages titled, "A Magic Show Starring H2O." During subsequent readings, my students enjoyed dramatizing Drop's travels. "A Drop Around the World" lends itself well to interactive dramatization. For example, by pairing an action and sound effect with each water property/symbol, students are able to reenact Drop's journey, totally engaged in the text.
On another level, children are anxious to locate the drop on each page as it is revealed by the context of the story.
A "must have jewel" for innovative teachers attempting to engage the imagination of their students! Barbara Shaw McKinney's love of Nature's Magic is contagious as evidenced by the response of my students. They loved it!
I can hardly wait to see what wonders her next book will unearth!
The illustrations are beautiful, factual and informative. HIGHLY recommended for all ages!
The vocabulary goes right along with water cycle and cloud vocabulary. There is also more advanced words but detailed colorful pictures for scaffolding. The kids enjoyed finding Drop on each page.
This book could also be used for geography, sequence of events, and maybe context clues or learning new vocabulary.
My only con was that it took awhile to read. You will need 30 minutes to read aloud and give kids a chance to process and share what happened on each page if you have ELLs. This is a must have for intermediate and higher grades!
This book follows a drop of water around the world thru many watery avenues. It is interesting as well as educational for kids. My son's Montessori school had this book on their wish list so I bought it and donated it to them. I also purchased a copy for us at home. This helps teach water conservation. There isn't an actual plot or story. The drop of water runs in a stream, is drunk by a cow, comes out in her milk. It also is evaporated and returns as rain and later as snow. All the different ways that water is part of our world. My boy is 4 but this book was interesting at 3 and will continue to be of interest for more years to come. If you want your child to be environmentally aware this is an excellent book.
and relatively simple text, it expands children's awareness of the water
cycle. Because it illustrates water's cycle "around the world", it gives
the reader a sense of the interconnectedness of humanity with one
of its greatest resources - water.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book to read to elementary school students. It introduces the water cycle, weather changes, landforms, and some geography.Published 17 months ago by Online Shopper
This is a long poem. Both of my children did not enjoy it and felt they learned little.Published 19 months ago by John B.
This is an engaging and very informative book, perfect for children in grades 2nd through 5th. The illustrations add a lot, too.Published on December 24, 2013 by MQ
This is the best all-around book I found for our 3rd grade water cycle unit.....beautiful pictures and interesting, informative, clever text!Published on February 22, 2013 by Alison Bass