Hello, Puddle!

by Anita Sanchez (Author) Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A nonfiction picture book exploring a deceptively simple but unexpectedly crucial resource for wildlife: puddles! This lyrical, gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book is perfect for young science learners and nature lovers.

Hello, puddle! Who's here?

A normal everyday puddle may not seem very special. But for a mother turtle, it might be the perfect place to lay her eggs. For a squirrel, it might be the only spot to cool off and get a drink when the sun is shining down in July. And for any child, it can be a window into the elegant, complex natural world right outside their window.

With lush, playful illustrations and fun facts about the animals featured, Hello, Puddle! is a joyful celebration of the remarkable in the ordinary, and the importance of even the most humble places in fostering life.

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Publisher's Weekly

A poetic text delves into the intricacies of a puddle’s ecosystem in this buoyant picture book by Sanchez, which introduces a pale-skinned child who watches a local puddle over the seasons, observing its visitors, which include bats, birds, insects, mammals, plant life, and toads and tadpoles. In-depth facts append each lyrical line: "Swallows loop the loop," reads one spread, portraying four swallows sweeping around the puddle, which is surrounded by verdant plants. Smaller text beneath reads, "Barn swallows grab a beakful of mud. They’ll raise their babies in a dried-mud cradle." Intricate, thin-lined spreads by Uribe clearly mark the changing seasons and weather in harmonious color palettes studded with sweetly stylized creatures. A curiosity-stoking exploration of the way even the smallest bodies of water sustain life. Back matter includes an author’s note and suggestions on making one’s own puddles. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-A little girl checks to see what new wildlife has been drawn to her puddle as the weather and seasons change in this sweet introduction to a habitat. As the puddle grows and shrinks and turns to ice, the child watches how critters from butterflies to deer use the puddle as a home, bathtub, or drinking fountain. Each spread focuses on a single animal with a spare descriptive line about its puddle activity and an additional sentence that provides a nugget of background information. Beautifully composed, richly colored illustrations contain just enough detail for young readers and keep the scene of a single puddle intriguingly dynamic. Back matter includes tips for watching wildlife, further descriptions of the creatures one might find near a puddle, and a glossary. VERDICT Charming visuals and deceptively simple text combine in a book that will reward repeat readings and inspire little naturalists.-Jan Aldrich Solow © Copyright 2022. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Anita Sanchez
Anita Sanchez (she/her) is especially fascinated by plants and animals that no one loves, and the unusual, often ignored wild places of the world. Her books sing the praises of the unappreciated: dandelions, poison ivy, tarantulas, mud puddles. Many years of field work and teaching outdoor classes have given her firsthand experience in introducing students to the wonders of nature. You can visit her online at anitasanchez.com and follow her on Twitter @asanchezauthor.

Chelsea Clinton (she/her) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of She Persisted, She Persisted Around the World, She Persisted in Sports, She Persisted in Science, Don't Let Them Disappear, It's Your World and Start Now!, as well as Grandma's Gardens and The Book of Gutsy Women, which she wrote with Hillary Clinton, and Governing Global Health with Devi Sridhar. Chelsea earned a master's degree in public health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, where she is now an adjunct assistant professor, and a PhD in international relations from Oxford University. She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their three children and their dog, Soren.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
March 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JNF051100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
JNF003220 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Animal Welfare
JNF013090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Seasons
Library of Congress categories

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