Hey water! by Antoinette Portis

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Hey water! represents the gift of water in all its forms and provides an accessible explanation of the water cycle for preschoolers.

Hey water! by Antoinette Portis. Neal Porter Books (Vacation Home), 2019, 38 pages.

Read level: Picture book, ages 0-4

Recommended for: Age 2-6

Hey water! I know you! You are everywhere.

This entertaining and impressive picture book builds on its simple theme and introduces forms of water that a preschooler wouldn't necessarily think of. Whether in the house or outside, in the sky or in the country, in our own body or in the stalk of a flower, water surrounds and nourishes our earth. The illustrations are simple but artistic, as one form of water changes into the next: they spray on (shoot from a sprinkler system) and fall off (bubble from a shower head). A snake gutter from a garden hose becomes the gargle of a stream that flows into the tide of a river that flows to the sea. These are the obvious shapes, but water is also hidden in clouds and fog, or slips down a cheek in a single tear. The text is easy enough for early readers to read to younger siblings, with keywords highlighted in blue.

The main narrative is followed by an explanation of water conditions and the water cycle, "which has been repeated over and over for millions of years". Water is another example of God's eternal power and divine nature, clearly seen (Romans 1:20) and asking for gratitude. The narrative answers the call by thanking water, not God, but discerning readers can easily correct this mistake.

Overall rating: 3.75 (out of 5)

  • Weltanschauung / moral value: 3
  • Artistic value: 5

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