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Water Dance

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Gr 1-6‘How does water dance? From rain, to river, to lake, to sea, to cloud, with half a dozen more sidesteps in the circle. Each step is dramatized here with one of Locker's romantic Catskills wilderness landscape‘or seascape‘paintings. Changes in season, atmosphere, time of day, or weather alter the light and the palette, which is fairly subdued until the final crimson sunset. Each facing page has a haiku-like text describing the specific phenomenon ("In thousands of shapes I reappear/high above the earth in the blue sky./I float./I drift.") followed by an italicized identification ("I am the clouds"). This riddlelike format could spark reader interaction. The paintings reappear, twice postage-stamp size, on the final three pages, each accompanied by a scientist's brief explanation of the water cycle's stages. This book is a happy marriage of art and science, although there is never a doubt as to the dominant partner.‘Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI

"Some people say that I am one thing./ Others say that I am many." In this poetic soliloquy, water proclaims its many manifestations as it courses through its never-ending cycle: "In white-silver veils I rise" as mist; "I float," "I drift" as clouds; "I rise up as gleaming power-filled towers" as a thunderhead; "I am still and deep" as a lake. Locker's (Where the River Begins) traditional landscapes and seascapes illuminate natural splendors with the same serenity and awe found in his previous books; once again, his painterly style makes no concessions to children. A supplement by Candace Christiansen adds scientific explanations of the water cycle and its relationship to wind, weather and atmospheric phenomena. While the rather dense appendix can help adults and older children to understand the changes portrayed, hard information about the hydrologic cycle strikes a discordant note after the simple, poetic text and the landscapes questing after the sublime. Ages 4-10. (Mar.)

"A happy marriage of art and science."--"School Library Journal""Locker's paintings and text are poetic."--"Kirkus Reviews""Lushly romantic oil paintings . . . [and] poetic text, offer viewers a sensuous introduction to the water cycle."--"The Bulletin"

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