All the Water in the World

George Ella Lyon, Author, Katherine Tillotson, Illustrator
George Ella Lyon, illus. by Katherine Tillotson, S&S/Atheneum/Jackson, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4169-7130-6
Reviewed on: 02/28/2011
Release date: 03/01/2011
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Pattern-driven digital illustrations pair with concrete verse to express water's cyclical nature: "Thirsty air/ licks it from lakes/ sips it from ponds/ guzzles it from oceans/ and this wet air/ swirls up." In a bone-colored landscape in another part of the world, a child in a hut and wild animals in a barren tree await a gray storm cloud. When a torrent comes, a lullaby-like line assures: "Honey,/ living things dream/ of water," and a mother with long, brunette hair embraces her child, droplets from her hair coalescing into tiny animal silhouettes. A lyrical and bighearted outpouring. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
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