Salas, Laura Purdie. Water Can Be... Illustrated by Violeta Dabija. Unpaged. 2014. Millbrook Press. $18.
Water is water, but it is so much more, too. With mostly two-word rhyming couplets per spread, this book illustrates many different uses of water. It can be a drink cooler, such as when it's frozen into ice cubes and added to lemonade, or a rainbow jeweler when the sun shines through it. The pictures progress through spring- and summer-related images, into more fall- and winter-related ones. At the end, there are four pages dedicated to further explaining what each listed role of water means, including some properties of water and the water cycle. There is also a glossary and further reading suggestions.
Though it could be used to find some basic water facts, this book's a gem for creative descriptions, and illustrating the relationship between text and illustrations. What does water as a storm creator look like? What about a downhill racer, or a bruise shrinker? Letting students use their own imaginations first to figure out what the phrase means and what it might look like will practice their critical thinking skills.
EL - Advisable. Reviewed by P.K. Foster, teacher-librarian.