by George Ella Lyon
This picture book is a wondrous blend of realistic fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The story actually begins on the title page and flows as a smooth river of language. Many pages are filled with nonlinear text perfect for tracing with a finger. What a magnificent way to showcase those shapes that make up letters and letters that make up words; Oh, the early literacy opportunities! Every page gives a distinctly different view of water and its many uses.
I've already told you how great this is for very young listeners, but older kids could love this, too. It's filled with poetry, and dynamically varied illustrations. More so, it realistically portrays the water cycle. Poetry and non-fiction? Pop this story into a science lesson to balance out those Common Core State Standards.