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Tuesday, 19 June 2007
New Children's Book About the World's Water

4/10/2007

 

By Rochelle Strauss

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., 

 

Today, almost twenty percent of the world's population lacks access to clean water. In one hundred years, when there may be 10,000,000,000 people on earth, access to water will be a global problem. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth (Kids Can Press) is a superb introduction to all aspects of this basic, vital resource.

In learning about water and its importance, readers ages 8 and up will come to recognize the need to conserve and protect our global well. Jean- Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society and son of the late Jacques Cousteau, called One Well "a much needed drink for those of us thirsting to help protect our planet's threatened water supplies." Like Kids Can Press's bestseller If the World Were a Village, One Well makes a complex topic immediately understandable. Charles Hopkins of UNESCO called One Well a "beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written book...The message it brings is critical to all humans and indeed all life on the planet."

One Well presents the concept that all water on earth is interconnected and finite -- in billions of years, the amount of water on our "blue planet" hasn't changed. The book examines the water cycle, the relationship of plants and animals to water, biodiversity, the nature of watery habitats like coral reefs, rainforests, and marshes, and the effects of human use. Sidebars present facts on everything from acid rain to the percentage of water in an earthworm. Each spread is illustrated with colorful, child-friendly art that compliments the text with vivid visual details.

The success of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth shows that people are hungry for information about the effects of global warming and climate change on air, land, and water. One Well challenges children to think about the water they often take for granted. The book stresses the importance of water conservation and urges kids to become "Well Aware" by providing suggestions for how to save water and reduce pollution. A note to parents, guardians, and teachers, and an index are included.

 
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