Water is always changing from rain to rivers, fog to thunderheads and snowflakes to ocean waves. John Paterson's lyrical verses present water in its many colors, shapes, and forms as it follows its natural cycle through the seasons.
The water cycle is often a source of fascination for young readers. Here, Paterson crafts a poetic, visually affecting ode to the work of water, narrated by water itself. An African-American child gazes out her rain-glazed window: "Sometimes I'm the rain cloud and sometimes I'm the rain," the poem begins. A spread shows white-water rafters careening down a waterfall. The water then becomes a wave at the beach: "Once I was a waterfall/ but now I'm just a wave./ At high tide I'm the breaking swell/ that daring surfers brave." Paterson switches up the format with a long, vertical view of canyons and a comet passing overhead: "You'll find me/ in the comet high/ circling the stars./ I'm also carving canyons deep/ on Earth and cousin Mars." Paterson's luminous, saturated paintings provide both a sense of openness and textural detail, while the poem demonstrates how water exists in and connects all things, even people. Back matter including an infographic on the water cycle and science-based q&as smoothly dovetail with the pensive tone of Paterson's words and images. Ages 4 8.