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All the Water in the World

by George Ella Lyon
Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

Published by A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2011
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7130-6

Ages 4-8

A poetic, informative, and thought-provoking picture book looks at water from a global/environmental perspective but never loses sight of the personal for children: “It wobbles in blue pools. It fills your cup up.” George Ella Lyon’s lyrical narrative begins with the water cycle: rain to river to ocean to clouds to rain again. Some places have a wealth of rain and water, while others have little or none. “Living things dream of water …. This wet wonder / means grow / means life will flow / through tigers / through trees. / Through you and through me.” Katherine Tillotson matches Lyon’s lively and lyrical prose with lovely illustrations showing water abstractly—swirls and swaths of blue--and also a very real presence—or absence—in scenes from life on earth: a rain-washed neighborhood of houses, a dry savanna village, a lush tropical forest, and the cycle of life that water makes possible. Highly Commended, 2012 Charlotte Zolotow Award (Ages 5-10)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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