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Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day Hardcover – May 14, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375870024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375870026
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-A catalog of ordinary events that occur in a park between sunrise and sunset, these scenarios involve dogs, babies, ice-cream trucks, gardeners, and, yes, water. It runs out of a fountain for two tots on a playdate, swirls around the ankles of wading dogs, and falls from the sky in gray sheets. Graegin's warm, natural palette brings out delightful details in the mundane and attempts to elevate the plodding text to something more than a list. But when the sun finally sets on the park, readers' thirst for a story might be left decidedly unquenched.-Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* It’s a hot day at the city park, a pleasant green oasis of open space, play equipment, and water. The jacket illustration offers a bird’s-eye view of the pond, hill, playground, and flower beds, areas that will be seen again and again from different angles. Around six o’clock in the morning, several dogs and their people head for the pond. By seven, two babies and their grown-ups have arrived at the playground. Hour by hour throughout the day, visitors come and go. In the crowded playground at ten o’clock, a sprinkler in a shallow pool amuses toddlers, while older kids line up at the drinking fountain for water to fill their water balloons, to wet the sand for sand castles, and to cool the slide. While the quiet text creates a satisfying, structured narrative full of details that will intrigue young children, they will also be engaged by the inviting pictures. Using digitally assembled pencil drawings and ink washes, Graegin creates illustrations with a traditional look and plenty of human interest. The park within the book becomes a destination that a child can visit and revisit, noticing new details each time and connecting familiar ones in new ways. A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

I write stories for children and adults. Picture books, middle-grade books, and novels. And a long time ago, personal essays.

I can be reached online at www.emilyjenkins.com.

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The drawings are so cute and richly detailed, there so much to look at!
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There are a few characters who pop up at different times of day and in situations familiar to young readers.
J. Flaherty
My son loves it and we have read it every day at least once a day for the last month.
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By J. Flaherty on July 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Water in the Park" is a delightful book that follows the uses of water in a city park through the course of an entire day, from just before sunrise until after dark. The illustrations are a wonderful combination of beautiful and whimsical, with lots details that leave many little things for children to spot. There are a few characters who pop up at different times of day and in situations familiar to young readers. Toddlers through kindergarteners will enjoy having this book read to them, while older children may be able to read it to an adult or themselves.
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My 4-year-old loves this book, and so do I. A great concept, fun writing, beautifully executed. The drawings are so cute and richly detailed, there so much to look at! I love fun books about real things that are interesting for adults as well as kids.
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By Laura on July 25, 2014
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This is an easy read with fun pictures for kids to study, and perfect for those who love NYC in the summer!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Haines on February 17, 2014
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The prose (there's no plot) is so gentle and sweet--it provides a lot to talk about, and it doesn't tell you how you should think or feel about anything. (After we read a book through a few times, we then read it more slowly and talk about the words and pictures.) The artwork is simple but very good, with lots of detail to find and consider. Overall, though, it's just sweet and mellow and unassuming. We love it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By northjerseygal on February 6, 2014
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Gave this to a child who goes to the parks in NYC
The parents told me he likes it a lot.
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