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Book Review: Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle – by Miranda Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 


Book: Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
Author: Miranda Paul
Illustrator: Jason Chin
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press 
Date: May 26, 2015
Genre: children's picture book; 6 - 10 yrs; gr. 1 - 5
Pages: 40; hardcover
Price: $18.99
My rating: science taught in a most enjoyable way

 

For children who think they don’t like learning about science, introduce them to Water is Water: a Book About the Water Cycle. This beautiful hardcover book is a good introduction presented simply in few words so the young reader is not overloaded with information. Written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin, this is an excellent tool to help young readers understand the wonders of the water cycle.

Jason Chin‘s illustrations are remarkable and tell their own story to complement the words. The focus is on two children, siblings, who are enjoying nature.  They play by the pond and the little boy captures a turtle. A few pages later we see them releasing the turtle back into the pond. It’s interesting to see what’s happening with the children and their friends during their outdoor play. The cycle of water is shown as rain, drinking water, steam, clouds, fog, puddles, and includes ice and snow as we follow the children through the change of seasons. 

Miranda Paul’s words are educational while being enjoyable for young readers. She created a very interesting and fascinating read in pleasant rhyme about the changes water goes through, and although in different forms it’s still water.

You can find Water is Water: a Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, and Chapters.Indigo when the book is available there.

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Book Review: One Plastic Bag – by Miranda Paul

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Book: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling 
Women of the Gambia
Author: Miranda Paul
Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Date: 2015
Genre: children's; age 6-9; gr 1-4
Pages: 32
Price: $19.99
My rating: True story superbly told for children to 
understand its importance

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia was written by Miranda Paul after hearing about this success story and doing extensive research to get it just right.

This is a true story, simplified for the sake of the genre. However, even simplified it is a dramatic and very impressive story of change.

In 1970 Isatou is born in Gambia. She grows up seeing, and then using, plastic bags that seem to be more convenient to use than the handmade baskets she used for carrying things. The problem is the plastic bags, when no longer useful, do not degrade and mix back into the earth like the baskets. They become an unmanageable, unhealthy, dangerous accumulation of garbage in the village and surrounding villages. The plastic bags make it hard for the villagers’ gardens to produce, they strangle the animals necessary to households, and they cause disease. No one knows what to do with the bags once they are no longer useful.

One day Isatou gathers up some of the smelly bags and takes them home. She and some other women wash them and, while they are drying on the line, Isatou watches her sister crocheting. She asks her sister to teach her, and then Isatou comes up with an idea. Secretly, she and a few other women get busy evolving the old plastic bags into useful things – until their impact is noticed over a year later and cannot remain a secret.

One Plastic Bag is a story about how Isatou and her friends make a difference in the world through their recycling efforts. It’s a remarkable accomplishment with very positive environmental results.

Elizabeth Zunon illustrated One Plastic Bag by using her skill of collage. Her work is stunning.

Actual photos are included of the women in the story.

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul is a story that will help to bring awareness to young readers. One person CAN make a difference.

You can find One Plastic Bag on my BUY THE BOOK page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂 

Book Review: 10 Little Ninjas – by Miranda Paul

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Book: 10 Little Ninjas
Author: Miranda Paul
Illustrator: Nate Wragg
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Genre: picture book; 2 - 5 yrs; preschool to kindergarten
Date: August 9, 2016
Price: $14.99
My rating: Delightful variation of 10 little monkeys

10 Little Ninjas is a clever, thought-out variation of 10 little monkeys. It’s a rhyming book, in keeping with the nursery rhyme, but with children instead of monkeys. If you can imagine a household with ten children all the same age then you can understand the tiredness of the parents by the end of the children’s day.

It’s bedtime. Miranda Paul has 10 little ninjas sneaking out of bed, 9 tiny astronauts zooming in the dark, 8 rapid racers revving out the gate … and so on. The fun part is that Daddy is always calling in Mama to sort things out and she appears dressed for the part. For 10 ninjas she’s the sensei, for 9 astronauts she’s the pilot, for 8 racers she’s the marshal.

The illustrations by Nate Wragg are exciting, and rightly depicting Mama the lifeguard – by the time it’s 5 hungry sharks swimming lazy laps – looking a little worn out.  When it’s down to 2 sleepy dragons struggling to fly she’s dressed as a wizard and scolding with a yawn.

The last double page illustration is of all ten children sleeping in and on the huge bed, each in a different costume.

This is a fun story by Miranda Paul for young book lovers and early readers.

You can find 10 Little Ninjas on my BUY THE BOOK page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂