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A few weeks ago, I ordered a copy of Water Can Be . . ., the latest picture book by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Vileta Dabija. Laura is a friend of mine, but even if she weren't, I'd be singing the praises of this lovely poem-turned-picture book that explains all the many different roles that water plays in our lives and in the environment.

A follow-up to A Leaf Can Be . . . ", this poem involves the same basic format, which I am dying to rip off try on my own. It involves an introductory, intermediate, and concluding stanza, with two sections that are essentially a form of list poem in rhymed couplets in between. The book essentially starts in spring and moves through to winter by the end, seamlessly organized.

Water is water--
it's puddle, pond, sea.
When springtime comes splashing,
the water flows free.

Water can be a . . .

Tadpole hatcher
Picture catcher
Otter feeder
Downhill speeder

Many of Laura's phrases are gorgeous and unexpected, and the pairing with Violeta Dabija's gorgeous illustrations makes them truly sing. As with the prior book, there are explanations for each of the things in the list at the back of the book, along with a glossary for words that might be unfamiliar. A perfect nonfiction offering about water, with explanations of things like water vapor, fog, and the water cycle in the back matter, plus a list of books for further reading.

Highly recommended for lovers of poetry, young scientists everywhere, and all libraries (school or public). And now, to see about working with Laura's form . . .

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May. 20th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you so much, Kelly--I'm thrilled that you like it, since you are an excellent analyzer of literature in general, and poetry/rhyme in particular. Yay!
May. 20th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Ugh. And that was me! Not sure why it didn't pick up my name with my Google account. :>) Laura
May. 20th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
I have no idea what LJ is up to these days, though they changed some of their interface. Then again, Blogger keeps messing up for me, too.

Love your book, though. LOVE it!
TS Davis
May. 22nd, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
...let's see if this works...
I LOVE the illustrations in this book - I have been collecting little introductions to poetry for the eldest nephew who turns seven next month, and I really love this whole Leaf/Water series...
May. 23rd, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: ...let's see if this works...
It DID work! And I love the illustrations in both books, too. Love the greens of LEAF and the blues of WATER and can't wait to see ROCK, which is, I believe, Laura's next title with them!
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