Water: How We Can Protect Our Freshwater

by Catherine Barr (Author) Christiane Engel (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Bold illustrations, accessible text, and clear action points tell the story of freshwater around the world and urge us to defend a vital resource while we still can.

Water bubbles, flows, and fuels all life on earth. But worldwide pollution and climate change make it increasingly difficult for people and animals to find the clean water they need to survive. A focused call for action, this lively book narrates the history of our watery earth, succinctly explains the water cycle and the different types of freshwater, and introduces the vast array of living beings that depend on clean water for survival—as well as the devastating impact of water shortages on the lives of children around the world. Packed with facts and specific tips, bright and expansive illustrations, and end matter for further reading, this hopeful challenge inspires young readers to take action, use water wisely, and work together to defend a precious shared resource.
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Kirkus Reviews

Confusing in spots and a bit dry for the top shelf but catches the wave of concern for an increasingly scarce resource.

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An earnest call to appreciate and conserve our planet's precious fluid.
—Kirkus Reviews

Author Catherine Barr's concise content, providing historical and scientific context for the necessity of freshwater to life on this planet, is well-paired with Christiane Engel's lively illustrations.
—School Library Connection
Catherine Barr
After campaigning with GreenPeace for years, Catherine Barr now writes award-winning non-fiction books that spark questions and conversations about the environment.

At university, Brendan Kearney traded architecture for illustration and has never looked back. He specializes in children's books and artwork.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
March 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF037020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
JNF037070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Water (Oceans, Lakes, Etc.)
JNF065000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Recycling & Green Living
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