Hey, Water!


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$18.99  $17.66
Neal Porter Books
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9.3 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Antoinette Portis is a decorated picture book author/illustrator. Her picture books have garnered wide acclaim and many starred review, including ALA Notable Books Wait and Now. She was awarded a Geisel Honor for Not a Box, which was also a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and a Sibert Honor for Hey, Water! She is also the author of A New Green Day. A former creative director at Disney, she lives in Southern California.


★"Portis's main text is spare and accessible, with occasional, effective use of figurative language . . . The many permutations of water (not the book's protagonist) are the focus of the crisp, uncluttered, primarily aqua-colored illustrations" --The Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review

★ "This simple introduction to water is an ideal read-aloud for the youngest scientists. Bold, beautiful, and equally simple illustrations are rendered with brush, sumi ink, and digital color. . . . Both school and public libraries will want this striking first science book on their shelves."--School Library Journal, Starred Review

"The text creates an easy-going, conversational tone while maintaining a good balance of scientific knowledge, everyday observation, and a child's perspective. . . . A handsome picture book that's well suited to reading aloud, especially for classroom units on water." --Booklist

"Portis' latest picture book is a joyful, lyrical celebration of water. . . . Done with brush and sumi ink and then digitally colored, Portis' bold illustrations undulate on the page--raindrops roar and pour; dwarfing a whale, oceans surge (even on the endpapers). . . . An energetic and literary introduction to water science by the author/illustrator of the award-winning Not a Box (2006)."--Kirkus Reviews

"Portis narrates in a conversational tone-- 'Hey, water! I know you! You're all around.' But her story tackles a tricky cognitive task--recognizing an element that masquerades in different states. . . . The same element can exist in several different forms, the words imply--our senses don't always tell us the truth about identity. Notes at the end with additional illustrations provide more information about states of matter, the water cycle, and conservation." --Publishers Weekly

"a lively celebration with enough factuality to be thought-provoking for youngsters just learning about earth science and conservation."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books