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By George Ella Lyon
Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

A Richard Jackson book Reading level: Age range: 4-8 years
Simon and Schuster c2011
ISBN 978-1-4169-7130-6
Non-fiction 551.48
Lexile: AD 520 L

AUTHORGeorge Ella Lyon.jpg
George Ella Lyon grew up at the headwaters of the Cumberland River in eastern Kentucky. She is active in the movement to stop mountaintop-removal coal mining and its devastating effects on Appalachian land, lives, and water. Her recent picture book, You and Me and Home Sweet Home (illustrated by Stephanie Anderson), was an Honor selection for the Jane Addams Award, given to books that further the cause of peace and justice. Also a novelist and poet, Ms. Lyon lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her online at georgeellalyon.com.

Katherine Tillotson has illustrated many books, including When the Library Lights Go Out and It’s Picture Day Today!, both by Megan McDonald. She lives with her husband and two dogs in a house on a hill in San Francisco. Whenever there is a thunderstorm (which doesn’t happen all that often in San Francisco), you will find her out splashing through puddles and carrying a big umbrella. Visit her at katherinetillotson.com.Katherine Tillotson.jpg

Science experiments from Water Up, Down, and All Around:
Dry out an apple slice: Did you know that apples are made mostly of water? With an adult’s help, cut a slice of apple. Let it set on a plate for several days. Watch what happens to the apple as the water inside it evaporates.
Make your own dew: On a warm day, add lots of ice to a glass of water. Wait several minutes. See how water vapor in the warm air condenses on the outside of the glass.
Make your own frost: Fill a plastic bowl with hot water and place it in the freezer. Take a glass or metal plate and put it next to the bowl. Close the freezer door and wait a few hours. What has happened to the plate?
Also: Watch the steam rise from a heating tea kettle or saucepan of water. This illustrates the change from liquid to water vapor.

Literary devices: Alliteration

Other titles about the water cycle for young readers:
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? by Robert E. Wells Age range: 7-9 Lexile: 900L
Water, WaterEverywhere by Mark J. Rauzon and Cynthia Overbeck Bix Age: 6-9 yrs Lexile: 940L
Water Up, Down, and All Around by Natalie M. Rosinsky Age range: 5-9 yrs Lexile: 0630L
The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet by Meredith Hooper Age range: 6-9 years


Follow the hydrologic cycle in this visual treat. “Lyon celebrates the essence of life itself in this lyrical presentation of the water cycle…” --Horn Book

Tillotson “creates luxuriant ocean swirls and pelting streaks of rain “ --Horn Book

Starred reviews:
Booklist, March 15, 2011
School Library Journal, May 2011

Library Media Connection (October 2011)

This book totally immerses the reader in the water cycle. From blue end papers and thrashing water on the title page, we're taken to a view of the tiny blue planet Earth from space. From space, the author moves to the familiar: water coming from a hose, puddles, and a cup of water. The author explains the water cycle using a wealth of vocabulary quite artfully and effectively. You feel the words. Evaporation is shown by having the words "swirl up" and rise up the page from the sea. The use of blues, purples, and greens to convey wetness is quite effective, as is the use of browns and beige depicting a place where very little water is available. There is total integration of illustration and text. A child reading this book will understand the water cycle, and that they need to be good water stewards. This is a good science read-aloud for the primary grades. Betsy Russell, Media Specialist, Bradley Elementary School, Columbia, South Carolina [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

PAULA INMAN, Past BMJ Chair, Topeka, KS ,researched the activities, author info, and Judy Desetti created the wiki page.