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[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Fantastical Transformative Power of Water

... in "Water Is Water" by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin.


Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2020 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

Water Is Water (Amazon | Book Depository)

Written by Miranda Paul Illustrated by Jason Chin
Published by Roaring Brook Press (2015)
ISBN: 159643984X (ISBN13: 9781596439849) Literary Award: Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee for Highly Commended Title (2016)
Borrowed via Singapore’s NLB Overdrive. E-Book photos taken by me.

I am late to this water party, evidently. I am thrilled to finally have a chance to read it, as everything in this book is gorgeous: from the plip-plop of Paul’s lyrical text to the breath-taking art of Chin.

Now that we live in the desert, water is a precious commodity. In fact, the childhood rhyme “Rain rain go away, come again another day” does not make sense here, as rain is invited to stay, any day of the week.

Told in such accessible prose poetry, the art highlights the transformative nature of water, while also telling the visual story of a young boy and girl (siblings, obviously), the warm and loving family they have, and their multi-ethnic community.

How awesome to live in a world wherein scientific concepts can be broken down into such an enjoyable narrative in a book that effectively tells a dual-story, with art and text perfectly complementing each other and providing parallel tales, both captivating and engaging.

Teachers would also be happy to note that there is a detailed informational text in the end, indicating how human beings are approximately 65% water, and the magical ways through which water seeps into everything around us: indeed, it is everywhere!

This is a nonfiction text that you should find immediately, and read to your young ones to see their eyes light up in wonder.

#ReadIntl2020 Update: Jason Chin (POC illustrator – Chinese American)

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Fantastical Transformative Power of Water

  1. This is one of my favorite NF PBs of all time. The “simple” text is perfect. The page turns spot on. And the info presented is done in such a kid-friendly way.


  2. Wow, I love the style of the illustrations. I’ll definitely have to give this one a read. Thank you for sharing!

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