- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: DAWN PUBLICATIONS (June 1 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883220726
- ISBN-13: 978-1883220723
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.4 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Drop Around the World Paperback – Jun 1 1998
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. . .inspires respect for water and its unique role on Earth. Imaginative and informative, A Drop Around the World is highly recommended for all young readers. -- The Midwest Book Review - The Children's Bookwatch
Children will never view rain in the same way after reading this book. -- The Green Teacher
Winner of the 1998 Publisher's Marketing Assoc. Benjamin Franklin Silver Award - Environment Category -- Publisher's Marketing Assoc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Barbara Shaw McKinney is a teacher as well as a poet. She was inspired to use the magic of children's literature to spark her students' curiosity about the wonders of water. She vowed to ``turn a drop of rain into a drop of life, astounding children by its eternity." Her sprightly verse elicits a ``water-wow!" in A Drop Around the World, her first book. She is also the author of Pass the Energy Please!, a wonderful exploration of nature's food chain, written in rhyming verse. From Manchester, Connecticut, McKinney draws on her experience as a mother, musician, and curriculum developer to promote quality education through workshops for teachers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Amazon lists it as suitable for ages 4-8 -- a conservative estimate, at best. Like only the best children books can, it appeals to all ages. And like only the best EE books, it has educational messages for young and old. At first, my 3-year-old was mainly concerned with searching out the "protagonist" drop from the rest of the water on each page. Now he also enjoys identifying all of the animals, so expertly drawn, as the pages go by. I myself get caught up in the text. I marvel at how factual and informative McKinney can be and still maintain an engaging and unforced rhyme scheme.
And finally as an added bonus, even the artwork is virtually flawless. I'm pleased to say that after close inspection I have found only one error. On the African Rainforest pages there is a Harpy Eagle which is a species only found in South America. Few $60-$80 ecology textbooks fair as well under my scrutiny!
I particularly like the symbols that appear throughout the text, where the drop demonstrates the water cycle properties. They are further explained in the end pages titled, "A Magic Show Starring H2O." During subsequent readings, my students enjoyed dramatizing Drop's travels. "A Drop Around the World" lends itself well to interactive dramatization. For example, by pairing an action and sound effect with each water property/symbol, students are able to reenact Drop's journey, totally engaged in the text.
On another level, children are anxious to locate the drop on each page as it is revealed by the context of the story.
A "must have jewel" for innovative teachers attempting to engage the imagination of their students! Barbara Shaw McKinney's love of Nature's Magic is contagious as evidenced by the response of my students. They loved it!
I can hardly wait to see what wonders her next book will unearth!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
The vocabulary goes right along with water cycle and cloud vocabulary. There is also more advanced words but detailed colorful pictures for scaffolding. The kids enjoyed finding Drop on each page.
This book could also be used for geography, sequence of events, and maybe context clues or learning new vocabulary.
My only con was that it took awhile to read. You will need 30 minutes to read aloud and give kids a chance to process and share what happened on each page if you have ELLs. This is a must have for intermediate and higher grades!
This book follows a drop of water around the world thru many watery avenues. It is interesting as well as educational for kids. My son's Montessori school had this book on their wish list so I bought it and donated it to them. I also purchased a copy for us at home. This helps teach water conservation. There isn't an actual plot or story. The drop of water runs in a stream, is drunk by a cow, comes out in her milk. It also is evaporated and returns as rain and later as snow. All the different ways that water is part of our world. My boy is 4 but this book was interesting at 3 and will continue to be of interest for more years to come. If you want your child to be environmentally aware this is an excellent book.
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