Water: How We Can Protect Our Freshwater
Catherine Barr, Author
Christiiane Engel, Illustrator
Candlewick Press, Nonfiction, Mar. 21, 2023
Suitable for ages: 5-9
Themes: Water, Conservation, Protection, Activism, Earth Day
Water is life. Freshwater bubbles, flows with the most wonderful life on earth, and all of us rely on it to stay alive. It fuels all life on earth. But worldwide pollution and climate change make it increasingly difficult for people and animals to find the clean water they need to survive. It is time to act!
A focused call for action, this lively book narrates the history of our watery earth, succinctly explains the water cycle and the different types of freshwater, and introduces the vast array of living beings that depend on clean water for survival—as well as the devastating impact of water shortages on the lives of children around the world. Packed with facts and specific tips, bright and expansive illustrations, and end matter for further reading, this hopeful challenge inspires young readers to take action, use water wisely, and work together to defend a precious shared resource.
Why I like this book:
This is a beautiful resource book for classroom. It is perfect for upcoming Earth Day, April 22., the 53rd anniversary of this specially observed day. This years theme is “Invest in our Planet,” and I can’t think of anything more important than protecting our freshwater resources. World Water Day was March 22.
Each double-page spread is considered a chapter .Each spread begins with a discussion and ends with a section called “Face the facts.” Catherine Barr leads readers through a discussion about the first water on Earth,, how rare water is, water cycles, and the colors of water. Water is life and it carries power and it’s important to share. However, it is under threat because of pollution. Our water is precious and is it important to use it wisely. I especially like a section on “Girl Power” showing the importance of wells in rural villages around the world freeing girls to attend school. Barr shows readers the many ways they can begin to take action at home, school and in their community.
Christiane Engel’s illustrations are stunning and are a perfect match for the material. Her artwork is lively and busy — so much for children to study. And it energizes readers want to get involved. Make sure you check out the endpapers!
Resources:The entire book is a resource for home and school. Encourage kids to brainstorm together about what they can do at home and school: catch rainwater for watering gardens and only running the dishwasher when it is full. Make a big list and pledge to do some of the things on the list. Journal and write about your observations. Most important, get involved in a climate action group.
Catherine Barr campaigned to protest endangered species with Greenpeace for many years before becoming a children’s book author. She lives with her family in England, where whe writes a wide variety of informative books to spark curiiosity and inspire action to protect the natureal world.
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*Review copy provided by Candlewick in exchange for a review.
10 thoughts on “Water: How We Can Protect Our Freshwater by Catherine Barr – Perfect Picture Book Friday”
Getting the message out to the youngest readers is important as they will grow up with these thoughts embedded in their minds.
Perfectly stated! It’s important to start young!
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With Earth Day almost here, this is a great book to share with children. How often do we leave the water running while we brush our teeth? How often do we run a load of laundry with only half a load? I have a feeling that after reading this book, kids will discover many ways they can use less water. Thank you for a wonderful book review.
Yes, it made me think more about my own usage! I think kids will come up with a great list! Such an important book.
What a great find and fantastic resource! I’ll be sharing your review with several teachers looking for more books about saving the environment.
That’s great, Greg! Thank you! It is the most important topic for the future of our world. We all need to be thoughtful stewards and conserve.
Great review Patricia. And I think this would make a great book for Earth Day and conservation units. Can’t wait for my hold to come in. Thank you.
Look forward to your review. It really is an excellent water conservation book!
Sounds like just the kind of book I’d like my grandchildren to read. Thank you for finding and reviewing so perfectly x
It is perfect for elementary students as they are eager to get involved in helping conserve. So many good ideas and something that can involve the entire family or become a classroom project. Hope your grandchildren enjoy this gem!