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"Without water, nothing can survive." The urgent conservation message in this clear, handsome, oversized picture book is rooted in the book's theme that all water on earth is connected and that "the water you drank today may have rained down on the Amazon rainforest five years ago."
Each large, double-page spread tackles a topic--for example, how water is recycled, or its distribution on Earth--with boxed insets adding information about various species in various places--from coral reefs to the Bering Glacier in Alaska. The detailed illustrations in pastel and colored pencil allow children to follow a little girl in a red T-shirt and pigtails as she crosses the globe. In marked contrast to the upbeat tone of most of the text is the warning about pollution, its causes, the number of people affected, and how people can conserve water in daily life. An afterword provides further information about "A crisis in the Well" and what can be done to change things. The facts are as dramatic as the threat of loss.
This book will be an especially useful tool for students who are learning about the water cycle. It provides an abundance of facts and information relating to water and will serve as a great resource for students conducting action projects relating to water or conducting their own water use inventories.
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