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WATERS by Edith Newlin Chase

WATERS

By Edith Newlin Chase (Author) , Ron Broda (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 1-895565-77-4
Publisher: Firefly

 An introduction to water and water creatures in verse for preschoolers. A small brook joins a larger brook, the larger brook joins a river, the river leads to the sea--pleasantly familiar territory thus far. But in addition to the simple and sentimental (a small brook is called ``cunning'') text, Chase (New Baby Calf, 1991, not reviewed) provides several paragraphs of back matter about creatures--depicted in the illustrations--who live in and around the water. Those sharing the book with children have a handy resource of animal names for enlarging on the text in a discussion of the scenes. Broda has an unusual technique employing watercolor and paper sculpture--the scenes he creates are assembled and photographed rather like dioramas, and the crisp, intriguingly three-dimensional result makes the book stand out. (Picture book. 3-6)