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All the Water in the World Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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--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."
- Library Media Connection, October 2011
About the Author
Katherine Tillotson is the illustrator of several children’s books, including All the Water in the World, Shoedog, and It’s Picture Day Today. Ms. Tillotson lives in San Francisco with her husband. Visit her at KatherineTillotson.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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 " . . .Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a lovely book. Teaches about water, the water cycle, and the environment without being preachy.Published 3 months ago by CAM
George Ella Lyon is a fantastic author and I use this story to both help students understand the limit to water and to engage them in her fanciful word choice. Excellent book!Published 11 months ago by Dannydude3303
The book itself is great. But I expected a regular book, not the teeny tiny pamphlet sized pocket paperback I received! Size info is hard to find given amazon's interface. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by A;)
This is a beautiful book. My 4th grade class enjoyed this book as part of a unit on the water cycle.Published on April 18, 2013 by J. Rutland
I serendipitously got a paper copy of this Amazing book in a box of Cheerios that i bought and would never have found it otherwise.. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Clarita Karlin
I gave this as a gift to several youngsters for the holidays. I have no idea if they liked it, but I sure did!Published on January 5, 2013 by EtownJD