Drip by Maggie Li

Drip by Maggie Li. Templar Books, Candlewick Press, 2022. 9781536223880

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Board book

What did you like about the book? A gardener turns on the tap and a single drop of water, our protagonist Drip, falls to the ground. Drip’s adventure has only just begun as they travel through pipes, into big and small bodies of water, and finally become a cloud that soars through the sky and back to the garden with fresh rain for the flowers. Drip is a blue, die-cut with a smile and two little eyes that allows kids to see that this one small droplet is doing so much, including changing states of matter from a liquid to a gas! 

The simple text makes the journey easy to understand while the busy illustrations give listeners chances to spot the many other things happening in Drip’s world with familiar images including animals like ducks and whales, forms of transportation such as boats and tractors, and multiple settings from the big city to the quiet county.The facial expressions on both animate figures and inanimate objects are clear and highlight Drip’s importance in ecosystems.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Though the cover boasts that this is “Little Life Cycle,” the story stops when Drip returns to the garden, pausing just before closing the circle of the water cycle.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good one-on-one read for a caregiver and a toddler as well as a good starting point for discussing the many cycles in nature.

Who should buy this book? An additional purchase for public libraries bulking up their nonfiction-esque board books.

Where would you shelve it? Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: May 22, 2022

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