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One Well: The Story of Water on Earth Hardcover – Feb 1 2007


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (Feb. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553379543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553379546
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 23.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–6—Looking at all the water on Earth—in the atmosphere, the oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and rain as "One Well" into which all life dips to survive—Strauss presents a timely discussion of the use and abuse of a not-so-limitless resource. Liberally sprinkled with interesting facts—"It took about 130 L (34 U.S. gal.) of water to make your bike"—the readable text informs children of growing demands on a finite supply; increasing pollution; and the intensifying urgency for the conservation, preservation, and protection of a unique chemical combination more essential to all life than the air we breathe. Woods's delicate paintings keep perfect step and provide a gentle framework for the plentiful statistical snippets. Included is a section for children on "Becoming Well Aware," and notes for adults about helping youngsters (and themselves) to consider the quality and quantity of the water passing through their lives. Oversized, slim, and with an interesting slant.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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"Without water, nothing can survive." The urgent conservation message in this clear, handsome, oversize picture book is rooted in the idea of One Well, the fact that all "water on Earth is connected," and that "the water you drank today may have rained down on the Amazon rainforest five years ago." Each large, double-page spread tackles one broad topic--for example, how water is recycled, or its distribution on Earth--with boxed insets adding information about various species in various places--from coral reefs to the Bering Glacier in Alaska. Meanwhile, the detailed illustrations, in pastel and colored pencil, allow children to follow a little girl in a red T-shirt and pigtails as she crosses the globe. In marked contrast to the upbeat tone of most of the text is the warning about pollution, which lends insight into its causes, the number of people affected, and how people can conserve water in daily life. An afterword provides further information about "A crisis in the Well" and what can be done to change things. The facts are as dramatic as the threat of loss. Link this to Walter Wick's A Drop of Water (1997). Hazel Rochman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Belle on Jan. 11 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have been fortunate enough to see an advanced copy of this book and let me tell you, it is amazing. But don't listen to me...here is what Jean-Michel Cousteau, Founder and President Ocean Futures Society, Inc., had to say about it..."One Well is much needed drink for those of us thirsting to help protect our Planet's threatened water supplies. Appropriate for children of all ages, this richly illustrated book provides valuable perspectives on the sources of water, value to all living things, present threats and constructive suggestions for water conservation. Bravo to Ms. Strauss and Woods for a valuable contribution to a subject vital to us all."
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Bought this book for a 8 year old boy to read together and discuss an important issue of water preservation. The book is amazing quality. Paper, pictures, format is all very pleasing and engaging. The discussion about water on Earth is developing slowly and turns in to a real eye opener. Very very recommended for parents and school libraries.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended especially for public library collections. Sept. 6 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Award-winning author Rochelle Strauss presents One Well: The Story of Water on Earth, a picturebook for children with advanced reading skills, packed cover to cover about the need to conserve water. "Becoming Well Aware doesn't just mean using less water, it also means taking better care of the water we have. You can protect water from pollution by walking more and driving less, which keeps car exhaust from polluting water in the atmosphere. Organizing shoreline cleanups keeps trash from entering lakes, rivers and streams. Planting trees anchors the soil so that it doesn't wash into waterways and make them muddy." The gentle color illustrates are the perfect complement to this sober yet positive-themed children's book about the vital importance of fresh water. Highly recommended especially for public library collections.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Insightful June 22 2008
By Inez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book for older children or as a supplement for science in the water cycle. It could be used in World Cultures or Sociology class to illustrate the connectedness to all of life on the earth because of our reliance on water. The illustrations are vivid and interesting. I found it insightful for myself and the number of uses it could have in the educational system is only limited to the teacher's imagination.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What a wonderful book! July 2 2009
By SueT - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only do I keep a copy for myself, but I gave this book to two of my nieces. I work in the environmental industry and this is a well researched book that is written well. It is an excellent tool for teaching children about the earth, and specfically water. A resource we are all so dependent on!
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Great book for children Jan. 18 2013
By Visi Asriningtyas - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is really suitable for children to understand more about water existing on earth, so that they will be more careful to use and reuse water for their everyday life, for sustainability of earth living beings through generations
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Educational and Motivational April 30 2011
By elanorh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book does a wonderful job of describing the science of the water cycle in an accessible and accurate way. My six-year-old daughter and I read this book together and she was fascinated, and still talks about the book. She instantly became more water-conscious (she turns the water off as soon as she wets her hands while washing them, and then turns it back on only when she's ready to rinse). If your local library doesn't have this book, suggest it to them! It would be a great addition to a teacher's classroom, anywhere from grades K-4. And of course, a good book for a child's "home library" as well. We discovered this book via our local library.


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