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The drop in my drink : the story of water on our planet
Hooper, Meredith.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1998.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm
Reading Level:
Ages 7-11.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.9 0.5 51328.
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GB848 .H66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GB848 .H66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Water is a part of your everyday life. But when you fill a glass with water, did you ever stop to wonder where it comes from? Water was present during the Earth's dramatic formation billions of years ago. It has carved out canyons and worn away coastlines. It has spent thousands of years at the bottom of an ancient sea, and traveled for just a few hours as vapor in a cloud. It has been part of millions of organisms over time. including a worm, a Tyrannosaurus rex, even an Egyptian princess. In this engaging science picture book, water takes on fascinating new significance as readers discover the amazing complexity of a substance so familiar that it's often taken for granted. Includes a detailed depiction of water cycles, amazing facts about water, plus important environmental information.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Where did the drop of water come from that drips from the faucet? A fine companion to Walter Wick's A Drop of Water (which was Booklist's Books for Youth 1997 Top of the List for Nonfiction), this focuses, not on the microscopic properties of water, but on how one drop of water has traveled through time and space. Wick used his great photographs; here Hooper's simple poetic text and Coady's richly colored paintings convey the wonder of the almost unimaginable story of water's role on Earth: the volume of it ("Hundreds of millions of millions of tons of water float in the sky") and the transformations each drop has gone through. Younger readers may have trouble understanding some of the concepts, since the story of water is nothing less than an account of evolution and life on Earth, but Hooper makes you see the physical details ("Water creeps up the stems of sunflowers and slips down the throat of tigers") as well as the connections, from glaciers to rain forests to dark towering clouds ("It's all the same water. The water our Earth began with"). The final conservation message about looking after water grows naturally from the astonishing facts. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Hooper and Coady, who created The Pebble in My Pocket (Viking, 1996), have again joined forces to follow the voyage of a drop of water through the millennia since the formation of our watery planet. The clearly written text inspires a sense of awe as readers realize that what water we have, planetarily speaking, is the water that was, and the water that will be. Coady's luminous illustrations, mainly in wet-looking blues and greens, follow the ebb and flow of the text. Ken Robbins's brilliant Water (Holt, 1994; o.p.) is equally impressive, but is less detailed, more personal in its reflections, and has a different aim in mind. The Drop in My Drink is helpful in understanding the importance of water to the formation of and continuation of life on Spaceship Earth, and the need to protect this vital resource, all the while stimulating the imagination with a fantastic voyage through time.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Life on Earth began in water, and all life stayed in the water for 3,000 million years. For much of that time every living thing was tiny, single-celled and simple. The drop in my drink helped life on Earth to begin. Little multi-celled animals lived on muddy seabeds 530 million years ago. Some had five eyes, nozzles like vacuum cleaners and backward-facing mouths. The drop in my drink has carried the bodies of creatures whose shapes and designs have disappeared forever. Some plants managed to move out of the water about 450 million years ago, but they could only survive on wet ground. Then plants developed roots which reached down through the soil, searching for moisture. Plants cannot live without water. Water fills them, like containers. Water gives them shape, and makes and carries their food. The drop in my drink has been inside the first plants that lived in the sea, and the first plants that lived on dry land. Some animals moved out of the water to creep over the land around 390 million years ago. The first were worm-like, and wore their skeletons on the outside. Later, animals with backbones, four legs and wet skins began clambering over the land. All the animals had to develop new ways of breathing and moving on land. But wherever they were, they had to find supplies of water to stay alive. Salty swamps and stinking bogs bordered the edges of a shallow inland sea 75 million years ago. The sun shone hot. Not much rain fell. But slow-moving, weed-covered streams fed into the swamps, and here hadrosaurs lived, drinking the fresh water. Water is the major part of every living thing on Earth. The drop in my drink has been inside millions of living things. Excerpted from The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet by Meredith Hooper, Chris Coady All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.