Neil Waldman's books have won the ALA Notable Award, the Parents Choice Award, the Christopher Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and many others. His jacket illustrations have appeared on seven Newbery Award winners, including Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant. Neil's titles include: The Starry Night, They Came From the Bronx, Out of the Shadows: An Artist's Journey, America the Beautiful, and Voyages: Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln.
Gr 1-5-A beautiful take on the water cycle. Waldman traces the journey of a single drop of water throughout the year, with each month receiving its own spread. The water begins as a snowflake that melts into a droplet, flows into the ground, bubbles up in a spring, flows into a farm's irrigation system, evaporates into the morning fog, becomes part of a cloud, rains down, enters a plumbing system, washes a little girl's face, flows out to the ocean, gets swept onto the shore and evaporates into the sky to become a snowflake once more. The clear text is undeniably lyrical: "It flowed past fields of waving sea grasses, over corals of many colors, and into the mouth of a great striped fish." The real stunners here, though, are the dazzling, cool-toned paintings that convey the wonders of nature with delicate precision. A must for libraries and science classrooms.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.