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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971306
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "Lots of picture books introduce young children to the water cycle, but few have such an infectious beat and eye-catching illustrations as this title, which begs to be read aloud. With occasional rhymes, the short, poetic lines are conversational and instructive and evoke a sense of mystery.... What kids will respond to immediately, though, are the noisy, delicious sounds and rhythms in the words as well as the kinetic energy in the beautifully composed, atmospheric digital illustrations, which have the richly patterned and textured look of paint-and-paper collage. Playfully arranged type in changing fonts adds to the visual fun while giving cues for energizing read-alouds. On the final, stunning spreads, a mother’s hair swirls into a wave of water that becomes a joyful spiral of living creatures, all reinforcing the simple, profound message: our lives depend on 'so precious' water."
--BOOKLIST, March 15, 2011, *STAR

* “Lyon briefly explains the water cycle in lyrical verse and celebrates its power to give life... The digital collage like illustrations pair dramatically with the text to depict this contrast. Turquoise endpapers usher in pages with swirls of water, water spouting from a hose, through pipes, down mountains. Rain pours down in horizontal and vertical spreads. But brown and cream-colored pages reveal a bare landscape where a little girl and animals alike anxiously anticipate an approaching rain cloud. At last, “this wet wonder” arrives and flows through all creatures, including a young child and mother whose water-sprinkled hair spreads across the pages to become a swirl of tiny creatures and plants. “Honey, living things dream of water...so precious,” says the narrator. We must “keep it clear, keep it clean… keep Earth green!” Filled with rhythm and sound, this offering begs to be read aloud.”
--School Library Journal, May 2011, *STAR

“Lyon celebrates the essence of life itself in a lyrical presentation of the water cycle…Meanwhile, in sweeping, digitally rendered art resembling watercolor and collage, Tillotson creates luxuriant ocean swirls and pelting streaks of rain…It’s a familiar subject but a vital one, to which author and illustrator bring a passion and artistry that give it the power of story.”
--The Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2011

"This book totally immerses the reader in the water cycle. From blue end papers and thrashing water on the title page, we’re taken to a view of the tiny blue planet Earth from space. From space, the author moves to the familiar: water coming from a hose, puddles, and a cup of water. The author explains the water cycle using a wealth of vocabulary quite artfully and effectively. You feel the words. Evaporation is shown by having the words “swirl up” and rise up the page from the sea. The use of blues, purples, and greens to convey wetness is quite effective, as is the use of browns and beige depicting a place where very little water is available. There is total integration of illustration and text. A child reading this book will understand the water cycle, and that they need to be good water stewards. This is a good science read-aloud for the primary grades."
Highly Recommended
- Library Media Connection, October 2011

About the Author

George Ella Lyon grew up just down the road from Blanton Forest, the largest old growth forest in Kentucky, and has always felt most at home in the woods. Some of her recent titles include the ALA Notable All the Water in the World, the Schneider Family Book Award–winner The Pirate of Kindergarten, the Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book You and Me and Home Sweet Home, and Planes Fly! A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find out more online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com.

Katherine Tillotson is the illustrator of several children’s books. For the story of It’s Picture Day Today, she cut paper that she created herself by drawing patterns on paper with paste, a centuries-old technique that crafters may be familiar with. Ms. Tillotson lives in San Francisco with her husband. Visit her at KatherineTillotson.com.

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The book was in great shape and was the one I wanted.
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It's a great way to introduce kids to the water cycle and make them aware of how all things are connected.
S. Martin
This is a wonderful book, full of poetic language and gorgeous illustrations.
Heidi Grange

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I can't imagine a better tool to introduce the water cycle to a preschool or early elementary audience than this beautiful book. It answers the basic question "where does it come from?" in a manner that is both simple and lyrical. A great read aloud for groups, this book combines science and poetry with illustrations that are vibrant and colorful. The text appears in a variety of fonts to emphasize words and create movement. The rhythm is as easy as a free flowing stream and ends with a bold reminder that we need to take care of our planet. The author also effectively points out that while we may have plenty of water, "far away it's a different day." This is a great choice for classroom use, or if your little one is full of those "where does it come from?" questions. Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on June 12, 2011
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Listen to the story of water on earth, from sea to air to earth again, round and round and round. This picture book illustrates the power of water for life on earth, reminding the reader to keep the earth both "clean" and "green." Dive into the loose verse of this picture book with children ages 4-7, and explore the "precious" resource of water.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The role of the public library has changed so often over the last century or so that its latest incarnation as a supporter of public education turns out to be one of the more logical connections you'd expect from this essential institution. Suddenly public libraries around the country are purchasing books that support school agendas and school curriculums. They've always done so to a certain degree, but now that school library budgets are being slashed, public libraries often find themselves picking up the slack. That means that suddenly they have to start buying books that support already existing subject areas. You know. Second grade biographies. Colonial America. That sort of thing. One subject that I know schools teach regular is "the water cycle". Kids need to learn about it, preferably along with the environmental implications. Now a library has a choice. It can go out and buy some dull as dishwater textbooks that have all the science and none of the verve, guaranteeing that their child readers fall to sleep before they reach page four. OR they can locate books like George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson's "All the Water in the World". This is the kind of book that's going to fulfill a variety of different needs all at once. It makes teachers happy because it teaches science. It makes libraries happy because of its visual splendor and poetic language. And it makes kids happy because, quite frankly, its fun. You know what that means, don't you? This book's the best kind of triple threat.

You get a pretty good sense of author George Ellen Lyon's writing style the minute you notice that the title is part of the book's first sentence. On the title page you'll read "All the water in the world" and then when you turn the page you encounter " . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on February 27, 2012
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This is a wonderful book, full of poetic language and gorgeous illustrations. In fact, the book flows rather like its subject, water. I love the way the water cycle is introduced, "Water doesn't come. It goes. Around." The wording is deceptively simple, but the design of the book makes the words come alive as the words seem to move like the illustrations. The illustrations match the flowing nature of water. The use of color highlights the importance of water and the fact that water is not evenly distributed through our world. Some places get too much water and others not enough. I highly recommend this book, not just as a book about water, but as a work of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Martin on February 17, 2012
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This book is beautifully illustrated. Kids will be drawn in by the bright colors and movement of the paintings. It's a great way to introduce kids to the water cycle and make them aware of how all things are connected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Staude on February 3, 2013
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As a teach and biologist, I can't say enough about this book. Gorgeous artwork, so colorful! A message book, yes, but one worth teaching the younger set! if you love the planet AND your kids, get this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mariola on November 24, 2012
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The book was great to explain the cycle of water, and we like the illustrations a lot. However, the storyline and the "content" of the pages could have been made more interesting. It is nice to keep coming back to a book to discover new readings of the same text and illustrations, but "all the water in the world" is too plain for this.
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