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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.


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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.

30 review for Water Can Be...

  1. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    Water Can Be... is a strong rhyming picture book that teaches readers about water, its various states, its cycle, and its uses. Lovely pictures showcase the rhyming text. On most pages, only one concept is highlighted; there is further information about each of these ideas in a four-page section at the back. There's also a glossary to help younger readers understand some of the more unfamiliar terms. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in learning about water, as well as to tho Water Can Be... is a strong rhyming picture book that teaches readers about water, its various states, its cycle, and its uses. Lovely pictures showcase the rhyming text. On most pages, only one concept is highlighted; there is further information about each of these ideas in a four-page section at the back. There's also a glossary to help younger readers understand some of the more unfamiliar terms. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in learning about water, as well as to those who enjoy rhyming non-fiction picture books with evocative illustrations. Quotable moment:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This beautiful combination of poetic verse and illustrations will be a wonderful addition to any classroom library collection. The notes and references at the back of the book are an additional strength of this one. I look forward to sharing this with students and teachers. ARC provided through NetGalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    To folks who say nonfiction can’t be fun, I say, “read this.” Like Laura's previous book, A LEAF CAN BE, WATER CAN BE is a lyrical read-aloud. I’d argue that children much younger than age five would enjoy both the poetry and bright illustrations. Laura includes extensive back matter, for example, additional information about how water makes clouds, houses tadpoles, and feeds otters. I love that she’s included this information at the end rather than on each page, which would disrupt the flow of To folks who say nonfiction can’t be fun, I say, “read this.” Like Laura's previous book, A LEAF CAN BE, WATER CAN BE is a lyrical read-aloud. I’d argue that children much younger than age five would enjoy both the poetry and bright illustrations. Laura includes extensive back matter, for example, additional information about how water makes clouds, houses tadpoles, and feeds otters. I love that she’s included this information at the end rather than on each page, which would disrupt the flow of her verse. She also includes a glossary and places to find additional information.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

    In the same vein as A Leaf Can Be..., Water Can Be... is magically illustrated, poetic, and filled with great endnotes and glossary. Look forward to this one in 2014. In the same vein as A Leaf Can Be..., Water Can Be... is magically illustrated, poetic, and filled with great endnotes and glossary. Look forward to this one in 2014.

  5. 5 out of 5

    June

    Imaginative, poetical... covers all the forms water can take throughout the seasons...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer McCallum

    ‘Water can be…’ is a non-fiction book that shows the reader all the wonderful uses of water. It introduces the idea that snow is made up of water, by working through the different forms water can take through the seasons. These forms are then explained at the end of the book in more detail for the more curious reader. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and so clearly show the intention of the words. Full of blues and greens to match the colour of water, these pictures would be brillian ‘Water can be…’ is a non-fiction book that shows the reader all the wonderful uses of water. It introduces the idea that snow is made up of water, by working through the different forms water can take through the seasons. These forms are then explained at the end of the book in more detail for the more curious reader. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and so clearly show the intention of the words. Full of blues and greens to match the colour of water, these pictures would be brilliant for replicating in the classroom, making children think about their use of colours. This non-fiction book could be turned into a poem with older children. If the children pick one page, one purpose of water, and use the illustration to help, this could very quickly become a whole lass poetry book using the theme of water. Looking at the end of the book, the information about the different uses of water could be used to help practise non-fiction writing. Instead of looking at the uses of water children could maybe research the importance of water in different countries. Do we in England treat it differently to people in Kenya for example. Non-fiction writing can then be created from the information that is collected, with a focus on comparing similarities and differences. This book could also be used in science to introduce the idea of water taking different forms. It is shown to be a solid in the form of ice, and taking a more gaseous state in the form of fog. The book demonstrates the water cycle as water can be a “cloud fluffer”, “storm creator” and “garden soaker”. This inspires questions of ‘how?’ The book begins to explain this at the end, and this could be used to open water-based science topics.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather Marie

    Love this cute book and can't wait to use it in my classroom!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    Water is necessary for life and is helpful in its many forms. Great illustrations. More interesting information is at the back of the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Puddlyduck

    This beautifully illustrated and rhyming non fiction book features water’s roles on earth, one a page, providing lots of prompts for further discussion with young learners.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nole

    These informational books are wonderful to have in the classroom as the beautiful illustrations and facts included are great ways to learn. I would like to use this during my nature lesson so we could use the fun facts about water.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The words and watercolor illustrations of this poetic description of water are a wonderful combination. The pictures work so seamlessly with the text, bringing each phrase to life whether it is "kid drencher" or "tadpole hatcher." The seasons of the year progress through the book with scenes like a rainy spring day, summer fun in a sprinkler, a drinking fountain at school, and frost on a window pane. Each vignette displays a role of water in our lives and the world around us. The "More About wat The words and watercolor illustrations of this poetic description of water are a wonderful combination. The pictures work so seamlessly with the text, bringing each phrase to life whether it is "kid drencher" or "tadpole hatcher." The seasons of the year progress through the book with scenes like a rainy spring day, summer fun in a sprinkler, a drinking fountain at school, and frost on a window pane. Each vignette displays a role of water in our lives and the world around us. The "More About water" section in the back explains each role more fully, even going into details about the water cycle and the insulating properties of snow. There is also a glossary and list of books for further reading. Readers who enjoy poems or rhyming stories will like this book. It would be perfect in a school setting to use with a poetry or descriptive writing unit, to introduce a science unit on water, or an art unit on watercolors. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Poetry and nonfiction rolled up into one gorgeous book that young children will want to read over and over again. This book exceeded my expectations, which is really saying something considering they were pretty darn high to begin with, what with the starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To read it is a magical experience. The language is clever and vibrant, and the illustrations, rich and absorbing. Ms. Salas will also be contributing a portion of her royalties to WaterAid whi Poetry and nonfiction rolled up into one gorgeous book that young children will want to read over and over again. This book exceeded my expectations, which is really saying something considering they were pretty darn high to begin with, what with the starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To read it is a magical experience. The language is clever and vibrant, and the illustrations, rich and absorbing. Ms. Salas will also be contributing a portion of her royalties to WaterAid which makes me love this book all the more. Sharing WATER CAN BE... with a child is like a giving a hug to the earth.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Romelle

    Poetic and dreamy. This picture book about the many wonders of water is simple yet elegant. The illustrations by Violeta Dabjija are a lovely accompaniment to Laura Purdie Salas' poetry. It includes 5 pages of back matter- Lines from the book are explained in detail with interesting facts. A glossary and a list of resources for further reading are also included. Poetry and nonfiction rolled into one terrific picture book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    GREAT book for introducing the concept of states of matter to little ones. Some of my 2 - 3 year olds were blown AWAY when I told them ice was super-cold water. The illustrations are really nice, too, and it was fun to look closely at them with my older age group and talk about what we saw in relation to the corresponding line of poetry.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Great illustrations for primary students to learn about the water cycle, but the vocabulary might be a little too high for them. I also wish they'd used different typography for the front cover & inside text. Great illustrations for primary students to learn about the water cycle, but the vocabulary might be a little too high for them. I also wish they'd used different typography for the front cover & inside text.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Simply beautiful. I love this one even more than A LEAF CAN BE...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    All the things water can be and do.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joan Marie

    Lyrical, creative, beautiful illustrations. A wonderful title to add to classroom, library, or home shelves.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    A lovely little book illustrating all the things that water can be and do.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan Schmelzer

    Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer www.openbookreviews.org If you are in need of a nonfiction poetry book, I would recommend Water Can Be.., by Laura Purdie Salas. This poetry book describes the many facets and abilities of our world’s water. With cute rhymes on every page and the book’s shift from season to season, students will be able to understand the many usages of water in our world. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and they almost carry the story more than the poetry. Each pag Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer www.openbookreviews.org If you are in need of a nonfiction poetry book, I would recommend Water Can Be.., by Laura Purdie Salas. This poetry book describes the many facets and abilities of our world’s water. With cute rhymes on every page and the book’s shift from season to season, students will be able to understand the many usages of water in our world. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and they almost carry the story more than the poetry. Each page seems to be more beautifully illustrated than the last. However, I feel the greatest asset of the text would by the nonfiction glossary in the back of the book. Here, Laura Purdie Salas provides the reader a kid-friendly explanation for how each page fits the abilities and faucets of water. It is my only wish that the nonfiction glossary would have had illustrations to accommodate all the great facts it provided the readers. Different illustration would also help draw the eyes of readers to these informational pages at the end of the story. Instead, “Teacher Me” knows that most students will skip these text-heavy, and illustration-less, pages at the end of the book, and therefore they will miss out on the great learning opportunity it provided.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vidya Tiru

    Just like the previous book ‘A Leaf Can Be’, this book is magical. Using wonderful watercolor illustrations and words that flow, both the author Laura Purdie Salas and the illustrator Violeta Dabija have once again seamlessly blended their talents to create a wow factor with simplicity, with words and pictures that are at once sublime and superb. As we turn the pages, we can see the many phases and faces of water as the seasons change. For example, water can be a kid drencher, or a rainbow jewel Just like the previous book ‘A Leaf Can Be’, this book is magical. Using wonderful watercolor illustrations and words that flow, both the author Laura Purdie Salas and the illustrator Violeta Dabija have once again seamlessly blended their talents to create a wow factor with simplicity, with words and pictures that are at once sublime and superb. As we turn the pages, we can see the many phases and faces of water as the seasons change. For example, water can be a kid drencher, or a rainbow jeweler; it can be a puddle or the sea! The backmatter includes a lot of useful information – a glossary, a list of books for further reading, and a useful index called ‘More about Water’ which goes into some detail into the water cycle and more. Laura’s website includes guides and activities that can be used with the book in a classroom for kids both young and old; or at home for some rainy afternoon. Rating: A+ Reading Level: Ages 5 to 8 Reread Level: 5/5 Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley and to the publishers for sending me a digital review copy of the book above. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on the book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read it..

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason Smith

    We read this book in my children’s lit class and I can’t remember the exact date so I’m placing it under today. What can water be? Water can be anything it needs to be, which is the point of this book. It is a beautiful illustrated book that lets kids imagine a different purpose for an everyday item. The pictures have a watercolor quality and the paper really lets the colors explode off the page. Pages are busy with lots of things but it doesn’t detract from the overall quality. The text boxes a We read this book in my children’s lit class and I can’t remember the exact date so I’m placing it under today. What can water be? Water can be anything it needs to be, which is the point of this book. It is a beautiful illustrated book that lets kids imagine a different purpose for an everyday item. The pictures have a watercolor quality and the paper really lets the colors explode off the page. Pages are busy with lots of things but it doesn’t detract from the overall quality. The text boxes are minimally placed and serve to accentuate the story and illustration instead of driving the book. I liked this book in so much as it lets you have creative fun with normal items and thinking up different purposes. I would like to use this in a classroom setting giving kids different items and let them think of different uses for them, or things that can be and make kids think outside of the box.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meg Allen

    Summary: This is a nonfiction poetry book. It shows a variety of things water can do. This includes how people use it, animals use it, and how it interacts with the land. It provides pictures along with the clever phrases so the reader is able to understand what is meant. For example a fire fighter is shown with the words fire snuffer. Evaluation: I enjoyed this book. It was a easy read and provides a lot of information for students who are learning about water. The author did a great job showing Summary: This is a nonfiction poetry book. It shows a variety of things water can do. This includes how people use it, animals use it, and how it interacts with the land. It provides pictures along with the clever phrases so the reader is able to understand what is meant. For example a fire fighter is shown with the words fire snuffer. Evaluation: I enjoyed this book. It was a easy read and provides a lot of information for students who are learning about water. The author did a great job showing the different ways water can be use as well as the different forms water can be. It was informative and colorful which appeals to the young readers. Teaching Idea: This could be a quick and easy read aloud when teaching about the water cycle and the different ways water can be used. It demonstrates how water can be used in different forms through everyday life. For example it shows how ice heals a bruise and how water puts out fires.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Picture book Grades K-2 I read one book by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija and loved it so much I checked out another. One aspect of their books that I'm impressed by is the illustrations. Dabija has done a fantastic job of making them colorful as well as whimsical. I'm quite drawn to books with wonderful illustrations, as I believe the colors and creativity of quality artwork is a feast for the soul as well as for the eyes. I think students need to be introduced to beautiful, artful, accura Picture book Grades K-2 I read one book by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija and loved it so much I checked out another. One aspect of their books that I'm impressed by is the illustrations. Dabija has done a fantastic job of making them colorful as well as whimsical. I'm quite drawn to books with wonderful illustrations, as I believe the colors and creativity of quality artwork is a feast for the soul as well as for the eyes. I think students need to be introduced to beautiful, artful, accurate drawings at an early age. The other aspect of the books that draws me is the simple yet imaginative text. Each page has two words and each two pages rhymes. I think the texts by this duo would make great read alouds for younger kiddos and fantastic poetry mentor texts for older students. I hope to purchase the set of these Can Be... books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    Do you know all the forms water can take? A river, an ocean, a sea. Rain, fog, ice. There really are so many different forms of water! This beautiful nonfiction picture book shows the reader how water is everywhere and how it benefits us, animals, plants, and more! Water keeps us hydrated. It helps keep us clean. It helps plants grow. It even helps create rainbows! Water Can Be... features lovely, textured illustrations of water in many different forms and pairs them with minimal rhyming text. This Do you know all the forms water can take? A river, an ocean, a sea. Rain, fog, ice. There really are so many different forms of water! This beautiful nonfiction picture book shows the reader how water is everywhere and how it benefits us, animals, plants, and more! Water keeps us hydrated. It helps keep us clean. It helps plants grow. It even helps create rainbows! Water Can Be... features lovely, textured illustrations of water in many different forms and pairs them with minimal rhyming text. This is a wonderful introduction to water for young children! This review was originally shared on Lazy Day Literature.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Roberts

    I think this book would best serve K4 and K5 unless combined with a water unit in science. The illustrations are large and whimsical. The text is sparse but leaves a lot of room for conversation..."Who is water a picture catcher?". Read without stopping to talk about each picture, the book might take 2 - 3 minutes read aloud. The feature that I liked about the book is that at the back of the book there was an explanation of the various things that the text talked about -- e.g. how water is a dec I think this book would best serve K4 and K5 unless combined with a water unit in science. The illustrations are large and whimsical. The text is sparse but leaves a lot of room for conversation..."Who is water a picture catcher?". Read without stopping to talk about each picture, the book might take 2 - 3 minutes read aloud. The feature that I liked about the book is that at the back of the book there was an explanation of the various things that the text talked about -- e.g. how water is a decorator. It also includes a glossary. Might work out good in a Creation study unit. (Then it might work for graders 1 and 2.)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Kirk

    Personally this was not my favorite. Understandably this would be a great book to read students in order to teach them about the different aspects of water. However holding the attention of older students may be difficult because of the level of the book it can seem a bit slow. Although still a good read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kalynda

    I was ecstatic to see this book! I love "A Leaf Can be...", and recently used it as my main book for an NSTA presentation that I did with my 2nd grade co-teacher. So, when I saw this, I was quick to purchase! It didn't disappoint. So clever and so wonderful. It really expands our view and understanding of water, including its states, and does so in such an elementary approachable way. LOVE IT!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Ruigrok

    This is an excellent book about water and it's many shapes and forms. How it can change, the many roles it has. The story is simply written but there are more details in the back of the book so you can elaborate on each of the roles of water. It has lovely illustrations as well and would be great to teach elementary aged children about water.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Halie Korff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is such a good book for conversation among children about the importance of water and all the key rolls it plays as well as everything it ties into. I would reach this to my student purely because it has so much room for their own imaginations. As well as at the end of the book it has how the book meant to tie everything in.

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