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Bold illustrations, accessible text, and clear action points tell the story of freshwater around the world and urge us to defend a vital resource while we still can.
Water bubbles, flows, and fuels all life on earth. But worldwide pollution and climate change make it increasingly difficult for people and animals to find the clean water they need to survive. A focused call for action, this lively book narrates the history of our watery earth, succinctly explains the water cycle and the different types of freshwater, and introduces the vast array of living beings that depend on clean water for survival—as well as the devastating impact of water shortages on the lives of children around the world. Packed with facts and specific tips, bright and expansive illustrations, and end matter for further reading, this hopeful challenge inspires young readers to take action, use water wisely, and work together to defend a precious shared resource.
About the Author
Catherine Barr is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books for young readers, including Let’s Save the Amazon, illustrated by Jean Claude, and Fourteen Wolves, illustrated by Jenni Desmond. She campaigned with Greenpeace to protect endangered species for several years before becoming a children’s book author, and many of her books address conservation themes. Catherine Barr lives in England with her partner and two daughters.
Christiane Engel is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author-illustrator of more than fifty children’s books, including Age of the Dinosaurs and Stars and Space. She lives by the sea in southeast England with her family.
An earnest call to appreciate and conserve our planet’s precious fluid.
Author Catherine Barr’s concise content, providing historical and scientific context for the necessity of freshwater to life on this planet, is well-paired with Christiane Engel’s lively illustrations.
—School Library Connection