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All the Water in the World    by George Ella Lyon & Katherine Tillotson Amazon.com order for
All the Water in the World
by George Ella Lyon
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here's a beautifully illustrated picture book that poses an important question: Where does water come from? The cycle begins as 'thirsty air' licks moisture from lakes, ponds, rivers and oceans and swirls it up into the atmosphere.

Large clouds store the moisture until they get so full that suddenly the sodden, puffy clouds release their load and it rains. But in some places it is so dry that the land has to wait until the heavy clouds float over them, and bump into each other or into a mountain range before the rain falls.

When this happens the dry land produces plants and animals thrive. The final message the book conveys is that this ever repeating cycle depends on how we use water. The closing text reads, 'All so precious do not waste it. And delicious we can taste it. Keep it clear, keep it clean ... keep Earth green!'

Without being preachy and using eye catching, colorful graphics, this volume underscores the importance of water and how it nourishes everything in nature.

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