Academic journal article Language Arts

Water Can Be . .

Academic journal article Language Arts

Water Can Be . .

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Water Can Be . . . Written by Laura Purdie Salas Illustrated by Violeta Dabija Millbrook, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4677-0591-2

Salas captures the reader from the start with her tantalizing partial-sentence title. One cannot help but think, "Water can be . . . what?" In deftly rhymed paired phrases, Salas informs that water can be many things-from a pond that is a "tadpole hatcher" to a puddle doubling as a reflective "picture catcher," from a calm undersea world that is a "home maker" to the rough and tumble waves of a massive storm that transforms the sea's surface into a "ship breaker."

Salas describes water in many forms, including still and free-flowing surface water, precipitation (rain, snow) and condensation (fog, frost, clouds), and water used for animal (including human) needs and human recreational activities. Water can be a "Salmon highway/Eagle flyway," "Cloud fluffer/ Fire snuffer," "Thirst quencher/Kid drencher," "Garden soaker/Valley cloaker," and much more. Important scientific concepts such as seasons, hibernation, and animal migration are introduced through combined word and image.

Dabija's jacket blurb captures perfectly the feel of her art as "combining traditional and digital techniques to create delicate and atmospheric illustrations. …

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