Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Picture Book Pick: Watersong
by Tim McCanna
Illustrated by Richard Smythe
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Watersong is a brilliant work of art! They symphony of watercolors capture the power of a rain storm and a young fox as he wanders his forest home. He watches the storm listening to the raindrops and the wind. He sees the changes that the rain brings.
Tim McCanna's use of onomatapoeia will excite young readers to follow along and make the sounds on each page. This is book that needs to be read ALOUD over and OVER again. In fact, children will demand it to be read out loud.
Readers will love reading, "Drip, drop, plip, plop, pitter, patter, pat," and the sounds throughout the storm. After the storm, the young fox observes a rainbow before coming home to his mother and family. Facts about foxes and ecosystems are included on the last page.
Kirkus called this book "Beautiful," and no one will disagree. In fact, Watersong is an early contender for the Caldecott Award.
This book is a must for language arts and poetry. Art classes will be dazzled by the beauty of the illustrations. Young readers will learn a few facts about ecosystems and the water cycle.
Highly, highly recommended for all young readers and all library collections.
FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.