An Adventure Through the Water Cycle with Drip the Raindrop – written by Cara Moyers, illustrated by Charlie Astrella, Flowerpot Press, 9781486721085, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This is a cute story that follows Drip as he travels through the water cycle, from a raindrop in a puddle, to becoming water vapor, meeting up with other water friends in a cloud, and then falling to the ground again as rain. The illustrations are colorful and cheery to show the different environments he travels through, and his “body” looks different in different states, but also with fun facial expressions. At the end of the story, there is an additional water cycle diagram with descriptions of condensation, transpiration, evaporation, groundwater flow, sublimation, precipitation, snowmelt, runoff, and infiltration. Backmatter also includes Activities to Try at Home relating to water in different states, as well as a glossary.
Anything you did not like about the book. Some of the rhyming and syllable counts are slightly off, and very little vocabulary is used in the story (only the backmatter).
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be ideal for an educator to read while teaching the water cycle.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians, science teachers
Where would you shelve it? Picture books (could go in nonfiction 500s)
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts
Date of review: July 12, 2021