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Title:
This is the ocean
Author:
Hamilton, K. R. (Kersten R.)
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Caroline House Boyds Mills Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
Summary:
Explores the process of precipitation from raindrop to ocean.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 46613.
ISBN:
9781563978906
Format :
Book

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Summary

Where does rain come from? Where does rain go? Here is the cycle of rainfall, from the ocean mist that rises to the sky to the clouds that drop their rain to the earth to the water that eventually flows back to the sea. This fascinating book shows young children one of the basic principles of nature through Kersten Hamilton's poetic text and Lorianne Siomades's engaging illustrations.


Author Notes

Kersten Hamilton is the author of many books, including The Butterfly Book: A Kid's Guide to Attracting, Raising, and Keeping Butterflies and Natalie Jean and the Haints' Parade. She lives in New Mexico.

Lorianne S


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. The life cycle of water is beautifully presented in this rhyming book for young audiences. Beginning with the ocean, which is "always filled up from shore to shore like a briny cup," and moving through to the rivers that eventually empty back into it, water's journey is celebrated with colorful illustrations of the many plants and creatures that benefit along the way. The sun "shines hot and dry, and raises a mist from the sea to the sky." Next "clouds like galleons with holds full of rain / set sail on the wind over the plain." Moving over the mountains and onto the grassland, they pour rain down "on the thirsty land, [cutting] a path through the rocks and sand." A feast for the eyes, Siomades gorgeous, three-dimensional textured-paper collages enhance the easy poetic handling of the subject. A great crowd pleaser for read-alouds, this will open up discussion not only about the water cycle but also about the techniques used in creating the book's unusual art. --Helen Rosenberg


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A rhyming text and colorful, crisp illustrations introduce the water cycle. The large eyes and smiles on most creatures lend a cheerful demeanor to the bright pictures. Purple goats drink from rocky pools, orange beavers swim in the river, and pink and purple dolphins grace their "watery world." A cut-paper collage and watercolor-gouache painting technique is used. The narrative takes readers from the ocean to the clouds, mountains, brooks, streams, rivers, and back to the ocean. It is fun and easy to read: "This is the ocean,/Always filled up/from shore to shore/like a briny cup" or "These are the mountains/that scrape the sky/and catch the cloud-ships/sailing by." This book could be used in conjunction with Arthur Dorros's Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean (HarperCollins, 1991).-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.