I’m not a big follower of astrological signs and horoscopes, but I do know from reading Teen Magazine growing up that mine is a “water” sign and I have always felt calmed by water. Being immersed and floating weightlessly, feeling running water on my hands, or dipping my feet into a pool are all appealing to me. Likewise, I love pretty much every poem I’ve ever read by Laura Purdie Salas and this series including “A Leaf Can Be” and I’m hoping many more to come. So, as you might expect…I’m a big fan of “Water Can Be.”
On a technical front, the inclusion of a further explanation of each descriptive passage helps to extend this book beyond our youngest readers. A glossary and suggestions for further reading helps students to learn more independently or teachers to craft a unit of study with other texts as well.
Violaeta Dabija’s illustrations complement the text beautifully. The color scheme and soft lines are soothing. I think my personal favorite is that of an otter hugging a fish (presumably one he is about to ingest) by moonlight. And, I know a high school classmate of mine who carves fantastic ice sculptures will appreciate the final illustrated spread showing what I assume might be an ice carving competition.
Water can take on so many lovely forms, and this book expresses that so well. Enjoy “Water Can Be.” Perhaps with a tall glass of water.
Water Can Be
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Violeta Dabija
Published 2014 by Millbrook Press
I borrowed this copy from my public library to review.