on 19 December 2000
Great for the child with a mind on mechanics or who constantly asks 'what does it do?' rather than 'why?'. There's all the fun of playing with water and where our everyday water actually comes from, and cross sections showing the journey from the reservoir to your sinks and toilets and then to the sewage system. Although a good book to read and explore with your child, the pictorial details are clear enough for a child to peruse alone.
This is a colourful picture book, which is one of a series (Wonderwise) about various non-fiction topics, such as prehistory, your body and the earth below us. Most of the series look at science topics, although others look at geography or history. This particular book takes a boy, and his dog, on a trip through the water cycle.
From the ocean, through rivers, floating on rain filled clouds and looking at the sewage system, we learn what water is used for, where it comes from and how it is cleaned. Although this is a non-fiction book, it is colourful and good to read aloud. A good introduction to early science, which is simple to understand.
Splish Splash Splosh is a wonderful book by Mick Manning and the illustrations by Brita Granstrom, as it is based on many lessons on water with little projects throughout to continue learning about the natural source of water.
The younger kids loved this book as they were learning about water at school so this book continued their lessons at home and we were able to have little tests of our own.
Why I personally loved this book as the lessons were brought down to their level and nothing was too hard for the younger Aged 5 and 6 to fully understand and have a better appreciation of water as previously they simply thought it was something to wash in or drink when thirsty.
For me this is a great book for those children who have a love of learning through vivid drawings, lessons and projects yet it was done in such a creative way it grabbed the children's attention.
I am happy to recommend this wonderful little book to any parent or school teacher as it is creative, well written and the author certainly knows what children's like to learn.
This is a lovely book for younger children, I'd say up to 5 or 6 which explains the water cycle in a creative and exciting way. The story of water is made interesting with lovely pictures of a child and his dog exploring the world of water and lovely text for reading together and aloud. The vocabulary is simple enough for children to understand the story of water, whilst there is also some lovely imagery and sounds. Clouds "sail inland like ships" and "streams rush headlong into a crazy waterfall".
It's a great book with the right balance of information and fun. There are some activities to do with water in the back cover, a glossary of more difficult words and a lovely diagram of the water cycle. This is an excellent book for home or school - highly recommended.
A nice educational book about the water cycle, with good illustrations and some playful elements, like the boy and his dog jumping around in the mud, and a crocodile in the sewer. It is a little on the serious side, with some passages of uninspiring text. It feels like, though some effort has been made, the potential to make the water cycle really exciting has not been fulfilled. Greater use of fun sillier elements, like the crocodile in the sewer, would have raised the book to a must-read. Sadly, though, while a good book and a great explanation of the water cycle, it never quite engages enough to reach brilliance. Tested on a 4 year old. Suitable for ages 4+ in my view.