The Water Cycle – Water Play Book 1Author: Mayra Calvani
Illustrator: Alexander Morris
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: March 2012
Reviewed by: Karen Cioffi
Being a strong proponent of education, I love books that teach children in a fun and engaging way. The Water Cycle by Mayra Calvani does just that.
According to USGS.com, “Earth's water is always in movement, and the natural water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Water is always changing states between liquid, vapor, and ice, with these processes happening in the blink of an eye and over millions of years.”
This is what the author conveys to children in an understandable and entertaining way.
Dealing with the water cycle, this vividly illustrated picture book brings the young reader on a journey from clouds being too full of water droplets to contain them, to rain, to condensation. The full water cycle.
The story begins with a lively and wonderful hook that immediately grabs the child’s attention, “Huddled inside the CLOUD high up in the sky, the water droplets are excited. They know something BIG is about to happen.” And, the author uses this technique throughout.
Another helpful strategy for fostering learning is that the clouds, rain, and ocean take on human characteristics with faces. This is another element that makes the read fun and engaging. Along with this, the illustrations, many full pages, are right on the mark. They will definitely help the child better grasp the water cycle process.
Along with a delightful story, the author included fun reading comprehension activities at the end of the book: Seek and Find Words. Find these words in the story, then find
these words in the puzzle; and Match the words to the correct sentence. Both these exercises are helpful tools to further aide in the child’s understanding and retention of the content.
It’s been quite a while, but I still remember learning about the water cycle in school, but it was done with a much more formal teaching method. Today’s books, including The Water Cycle, strive to make reading and learning fun for children.
Children are our greatest asset and resource. Teaching them to grow informed and knowledgeable is our responsibility. The Water Cycle, and books like it, helps us do this. It is a great learning aide for the teacher and classroom, and will be a perfect addition to any child’s home library.
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