Perfect Picture Book Fridays are the creation of the lovely children’s book author Susanna Leonard Hill. Check in each week on Fridays for new book reviews. Susanna also has a complete list (alphabetically and by theme) of all the book reviews. It’s a wonderful resource if you’re looking for activities for a book, or books focused on a particular theme.
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Violeta Dabija
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Genre: Nonfiction picture book
Themes: Water; natural world
Water is water—
it’s puddle, pond sea.
When springtime comes splashing,
the water flows free.
Synopsis: (from publisher’s website)
Water can be a…
• Thirst quencher
• Kid drencher
• Cloud fluffer
• Fire snuffer
Find out about the many roles water plays in this poetic exploration of water throughout the year.
This book is one in a series that includes A Leaf Can Be… and A Rock Can Be… (not yet released).
What makes it great: Fun rhymes and beautiful, evocative illustrations that directly relate to children’s own experiences with water.
What readers notice: My 5-year-old loved looking at the pictures and picked out her favorite (the last page with the ice sculptures). She also liked the invitation at the end of the story to think about what else water can be, and came up with ‘mist’ and ‘smoke’ (which led to a nice little discussion about the difference between smoke and steam).
What a writer notices:
I was really blown away by the unique concepts that Laura came up with for this book and how she expressed them in rhyme. It would have been easy to fall back on the tried-and-true, but she went for the unexpected every time. This spread is just one example:
Activities/Links to Resources:
Laura Salas’ website includes trailers and classroom activities for her books. Activities for Water Can Be will be added soon.
Pinterest board of preschool-level water lessons:
Round up of water-related lessons for younger and older students: