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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590221973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590221979
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The curious, protean nature of water has fascinated people for ages, and Walter Wick--the photographer of Scholastic's highly acclaimed I Spy series--is no exception. Wick is a great admirer and collector of 100-year-old science books where, according to his afterword, "Even the simplest experiments appeared as if improbable or impossible things were happening. Intrigued, I recreated some of the experiments and photographed them with my camera. The results seemed magical, but not because of any photographic trick; it was only the forces of nature at work. It was from these explorations that the idea for this book emerged."

As you're admiring the "crown" created by a water drop splashing into a pool, or how many water droplets can fit on the head of a pin (the smallest droplet on the pin contains more than three trillion water molecules), you'll learn about evaporation, condensation, snowflakes, how clouds form, and more amazing water tricks. Wick's other artfully composed photographs include a "wild wave" caused by a brown egg dropped in a water glass, soap bubbles with a "shimmering liquid skin," a snowflake at 60 times its actual size, and dew on a spider web. Like many old-fashioned science books, A Drop of Water ends with a list of simple experiments may lure the young reader into the world of scientific investigation. Unlike many old science books, this one also stands on its own as a beautiful, notable collection of photographs.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6. Wick's striking color photographs of water in various states and stages of movement capture moments of change in beautiful patterns that cannot be observed without the advantages of stop action and magnification. These pictures present water drops; soap bubbles; water condensing and evaporating; snowflakes, frost, and dew; and water as a prism. The paragraphs of text that accompany the images read like extended captions; they describe what is being pictured and briefly comment on the phenomenon taking place. A set of short directions for doing the observations and experiments included appears at the end. The photographs are the outstanding feature here; they do stimulate wonder. Perhaps the book succeeds more as an exploration of their use to enhance scientific observation than as a description of the characteristics of water. Wick clearly shows that science and art both offer ways to observe the world around us. However, the visuals may stimulate a level of curiosity that will not be satisfied by the brief text?something that makes the lack of a list for further reading a drawback.?Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School,
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

When I was young I was a reluctant reader. It was hard for me to sit still and read a book. I preferred activities that got me moving, like neighborhood ball games, bike riding, skiing, sledding, skating, climbing trees, and exploring the woods in Connecticut where I grew up.

I taught also myself to draw. I became fascinated with shapes, shading, and trying to make the objects in my drawings appear to pop out in 3-D. Later I became interested in photography. I took pictures in the woods with my camera, tinkered with equipment in the darkroom, and experimented with artistic effects.

Much later I became the photographer of the I SPY books, in collaboration with writer Jean Marzollo. I did more than take the pictures. I thought of ideas, sketched ideas, collected props, made props, built sets, arranged objects, hid objects, adjusted lights, and took a picture. Then I rearranged objects and took another picture -- sometimes over and over again.

I write as well as illustrate my own books now. In A DROP OF WATER, I combine simple text with clear photographs to explain science secrets of the everyday world. In WALTER WICK'S OPTICAL TRICKS, the everyday world is turned upside down with impossible objects, phantom images, and other perplexing illusions. With the CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? series, I continue the picture-puzzle tradition, taking readers on ever more amazing adventures of the imagination in their quest for hidden objects.

Happy reading!

Walter Wick

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The photos are absolutely stunning.
Lisa in OH
There are excellent, simple experiments here that a teacher can use from 3rd grade on in the classroom, up until about the 8th grade.
John Scott
Obviously written with younger readers in mind, the writing is very informative and educational.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder" is a stunning book that shows water in its many forms. With the aid of stop action photography, Wick reveals water as rainbows, bubbles, drops, steam, ice, and frost. Readers also learn about evaporation and how condensation and clouds are formed.

Except for a few color adjustments, the author writes, no photographs were altered. Most impressive is a snowflake magnified 60 times its actual size, nearly 8 inches tall!

Did you know a bubble's skin is 500 times thinner than a human hair?

Did you know a straight pin can float on a glass of water because of water's surface tension?

"A Drop of Water" is written in simple terms and the accompanying photographs will soak up the attention of children of all ages. The book includes a list of experiments children can do to learn more about the three states of water.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The pictures in this book are excellent, but the reading level is not 4-8 as listed. The level is about 6th grade and above.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A Drop of Water is an amazing book with lots of close-up photography. The facts about water are interesting and fun to read. Walter Wick also covers areas of vapor, steam and ice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on December 18, 2004
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This book is a must have for any school library or homeschool science collection. Wick is perhaps best known for his "I Spy" books but here he is demonstrating his incredible talent with a science subject. He captures the essence of a water drop, the nature of steam, the momentary existence of a soap bubble and a snowflake in exquisite beauty. He shows us what our own eyes cannot fathom. Use this book to teach and learn about the water cycle, states of matter or art appreciation. The book pairs wonderfully with "Snowflake Bentley" by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisa in OH on August 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am doing 3rd grade chemistry based on the Well-Trained Mind. This read-along was excellent for our chemistry experiments on molecules, and I look forward to using it several times with the other topics it presents. The photos are absolutely stunning. Even though the reading level is higher than 3rd grade, the focus is on the photos - and they do a wonderful job of rounding out the student's grasp of the concepts. My husband and I both learned something new, and even the 6 and 3-year-olds are pointing out condensation and water vapor along with their third-grade brother.
Included in the back are suggested experiments for those who do nature study along the lines of Charlotte Mason's theories. Definitely a keeper.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever wondered about water - what makes the sides of a glass fog up on a hot day, why snowflakes look like they do?? Walter Wick explores water firsthand with breathtaking photographs in a book that brings water into sharp focus. For the photographs alone this book is worth looking at, and then add the simple science text and its priceless.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blythe Woolston on June 27, 2009
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This is a perfect book to awaken and nurture an appreciation of the natural world and science in young readers. The photography is brilliant, the writing is clear, and the experiments are fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Yank on May 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A Drop of Water is a book that appeals to all ages. Children too young to sit through the text will be fascinated by the stunning photographs. Older children will be amazed by the experiments as well as the gorgeous photography. Adults, too, will wonder at the incredible facts shared as well as the spectacular photographs. I can tell my children that water has xyz properties, but to actually see these amazing properties inspires wonder and amazement.
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