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Author: Barnham, Kay
Illustrator: Frost, Maddie
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781438050447
Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4

The Great Big Water Cycle Adventure (Look and Wonder)

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A science book for the younger audience from a new series: Look and Wonder.  As the title suggests, this informational picture book is written in a narrative style, as an adventure story, to follow and teach the concepts of the water cycle.  The beginning text uses questions to capture the reader: “Did you know that the same water has been falling as raindrops for billions of years?” With simple text, without the scientific words, the author introduces and explains the concepts of evaporation, cloud formation, and precipitation.  Maddie Frost’s colourful, playful illustrations feature two children, a boy and a girl, who “travel” through the various stage of the cycle.  Her facial expressions are outstanding as the children experience the changing weather, ride in a hot air balloon to experience clouds, register dismay when drought occurs, show wonder at the many forms of water, and joy in their own use of water – winter and summer.
End pages offer some follow-up activities and notes for parents and teachers to expand on the theme.
This informational picture book would be an additional resource for teaching the Science unit, Grade 2 – Exploring Liquids; and for use with ELL students studying Alberta’s natural resources in Grade 4 Social Studies – Alberta:A Sense of the Land.
Look and Wonder is a fresh, bold and bright narrative nonfiction series introducing children to the natural world.”  Other titles in the series: A Stroll through the Seasons, The Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies, The Amazing Life Cycle of Plants.

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