Water’s Children

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Water’s Children

By Angèle Delaunois
Illustrated by Gérard Frischeteau
Picture Book Ages 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-77278-015-4
List Price: $18.95 CAD / $16.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 23.5 x 23.5 cm / 9.25 x 9.25 inches
Pages: 32

Publication Date: April 21, 2107

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

A thought-provoking celebration of water, the universal resource that unites us all

Around the world, water appears in many forms: a snowflake, an oasis, the stream from a faucet, monsoon rain. In Water’s Children, twelve young people describe what water means to them. The descriptions are as varied as the landscapes the speakers inhabit, but each of them also expresses, in their own language, a universal truth: Water is life.

Accompanied by the glowing illustrations of Gérard Frischeteau, Water’s Children is a celebration of our world’s most precious resource and will encourage thoughtful discussion among young readers and listeners. The narrators’ words, lyrically written by Angèle Delaunois, offer emotional and sensory details that bring their experiences to life. On the final page, a guide identifies the languages in which the phrase “water is life” appears throughout the book, with thanks to the individuals who provided the translations, helping to craft this truly global story. Originally published in French and nominated for the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Water’s Children has now been translated into six languages in countries around the world.

“A tribute to the essential substance, washed free of preachiness or even faintly cautionary messages.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Written in poetic form, and accompanied by light-infused illustrations that are full of life and detail, it is a book that will be appreciated in classrooms and at home.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“Water is essential to life – around the world beautifully illustrated here by Gerard Frischeteau….This book would work well as a storytime for kindergarteners through 2nd grade followed by discussion. It could be used as a stepping-off point for essays.”—Youth Services Book Review

“My 3-yo and I spent a lot of time pouring over [Water’s Children]….What a great discussion about diversity. She easily grasped the idea that water exists all over the world and is of vital importance to everyone. We ended our reading by brainstorming ways that we can help conserve the water around us and in our household, specifically.”—Raising Mom