A World Without Water
Common themes in this picture book are saving water, conservation and tips for a cleaner environment.
The book is a warning educational rhyme. The illustrations are very detailed and more suitable for school children than preschoolers. It is basically a long rhyme designed to inspire and teach children, and adults, the importance of caring about water; where water is found, why it matters and how we can save it.
Each page is a full-page illustration with 2 lines in rhyme. Rhyming is difficult to do, which everyone who has ever tried it knows, because the writer has to keep the rhythm and convey the message at the same time. At some points rhythm falters here slightly, but this is not a book which is meant for role-play and recitals anyway, although it may inspire them. Perhaps shorter rhyme has more effect, but that depends on the personal taste of the reader or the goal of the educator who uses this book as a teaching tool.
It is normally easier for children to empathize with a problem when there are characters to identify with, which is not the case here, although the serious illustrations will draw attention and inspire care and some serious rethinking. This book is not a fun pastime, unless your child is a nature conservationist, but it has educational and social value, and can help teachers with environment projects. Being a teacher myself, I can imagine quite a few projects where it would come in handy with preteens. Perhaps some similar suggestions might be added in the afterword to any future editions of the story. The text and illustrations can be used for class projects, discussion, even posters, and a good educator will know how to make the most of it.
Many in the children’s book industry claim that rhyming books are taboo and only authors such as Dr. Seuss can successfully publish them. In my nearly twenty years of teaching little ones, I can attest that this is simply not true. Children adore rhyming books and remember them much easier than those without rhymes. This author has eloquently proven this untrue as well. His rhymes are fun and engaging–everything a children’s story should be.
With its powerful message, colorful illustrations, and fluid writing, this book should be on the shelf of every parent or caregiver of young children.