Water Danceby Thomas Locker Published 01 Apr 2002
|Publisher||HMH Books for Young Readers|
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Travel with author-illustrator Thomas Locker and follow our planet's most precious resource--water--on its daily journey through our world.
"Water Dance" Reviews
This novel in verse does an excellent job of explaining the water cycle to a reader. The word choice and usage takes something quite ordinary and lifts it to an extraordinary level. Explaining how water is one thing yet many things all at the same time really paints a picture in the reader’s mind. The illustrations are beautiful and play their role wonderfully to show how water is ever present in our world. The text explains how water plays a part in streams, rivers, mist, rain, clouds, rainbows, and in many other formats.
Water Dance would be a fitting addition to any water cycle unit a teacher was teaching. It would be appropriate in any grade. The simple nature of the text would allow any age of student to comprehend the information presented. While being easily comprehensible for any grade, this piece of poetry is equally engaging and entertaining for any grade. I can imagine many students making connections to this text when listening to this book read aloud or reading it themselves. In addition to using this for a water cycle science unit this could be used to help younger students see examples of poetry and novels in verse. It could help jump start a poetry unit during writing and students could create their own works of poetry after reading this.
I was wowed by this book because as previously mentioned it took water, something so normal and ordinary and made it extraordinary by highlighting its importance and beauty. That is something that poetry has the power to do. When reading this book even now as an adult I had a-ha moments about water that made me realize how much I take water for granted. I know that a child learning about all the facets that water plays in our world would be enthralled by the content they are learning in this piece.
This was the most beautiful book about the water cycle that I have ever read! It is a wonderful way to incorporate science into a literacy lesson. The pictures and language take something that is very ordinary and make it feel spectacular. The book takes the reader through a series of short poems that describe everything from a gentle mountain stream, to a waterfall, to a thunderstorm. It paints the picture of a water cycle as water's 'dance' through our earth. I also enjoyed how at the end of the book the author included some more information about the water cycle. I think it was helpful to help children synthesize what they had just read and connect it to the scientific processes. This book reminds us to appreciate the beauty of our mundane everyday things-such as a river, ocean, or lake. I think this would also make a great mentor text for writing in the classroom to teach children about word choice, imagery, and poetry that does not necessarily rhyme.
This is a very rhythmic and lyrical book that will please readers of all ages, especially the little ones. It the story full of art, poetry, nature and science all combined into a dance about our water cycle. The oil painting illustrations are luscious to the eye and the story itself is poetically pleasant to the ear. This is truly a water dance. It is told in the first person...water, beginning with rain and ending with a rainbow.
“I am one thing.
I am many things.
I am water.
This is my dance through the world”
I used this book to introduce the water cycle to my first graders and they were completely enthralled by it.
Wow! Just completely amazing and stunning! Words can't even begin to describe how beautiful this book is! Probably one of the best children's books I have ever laid my eyes on! The writing is so simplistic, yet so complex at the same time in its imagery that in its words that are used to describe it. This book goes to show that you don't need paragraphs and paragraphs to explain something. Sometimes, all you need is just a word, and that it'll be good enough. The reason for the simplistic writing, in my opinion, is truly the illustrations. The illustrations for me, are everything I've ever wanted in a children's book. They're just so ethereal and celestial, there are truly no ways to explain it. I would recommend anyone read this book, despite their age. I love this author and I would most definitely read more of his books. Can't believe I didn't read this sooner. But I am glad I did. Highly recommended and it is going into my favorites.
"Water Dance" by Thomas Locker is a book told as a poem. This book is great for kids in upper elementary (3-6). This book uses a dramatic and poetic text to teach students about the water cycle. This book is used to let water tell its own story throughout wonderful colorful illustrations and a sing song verse on each page.
I would use this book in my classroom as a read aloud. After the read aloud I would teach students more about poems. I would then ask students to write their own poems. It could be about any topic even something as simple as water. Another way I could use this book is as an introduction to the water cycle. We can use this as a read-aloud and them have students do more research on the water cycle. They can each pick one aspect of the water cycle to do their research on. Once they have done this research, in a jigsaw format students can teach each other about their part of the water cycle.
I thought this book was a WOW book because of the amazing imagery of different aspects of water and the water cycle. These images were not just pictures but paintings. I personally love to paint and had a strong appreciation for the use of paintings as imagery in this book. I also read this book as an ebook and it was interesting reading a book on this format. I still prefer actually books to ebooks but was glad I chose this book so I could zoom in on the imagery detail. Using poetry as a format of science text was a great way for kids to have a different understanding of the topic without reading more informational texts.