Sunday, March 30, 2014

Children's Book Review of Water Play: The Water Cycle, book 1 by Mayra Calvani

The Water Cycle: Water Play Series, Book 1 by Mayra Calvani

Follow the water droplets in their journey from the clouds to the earth and back to the clouds again. Written in a lyrical style, the book takes a new angle on the water cycle by showing the feelings it evokes in people.

Suggested age range for readers: 4-8

What reviewers are saying:

 The Water Cycle is a delightful Children’s Book that teaches young minds about the water cycle in a fun, rhyming way. The story is a creative way to learn all about where the water droplets go. Mayra has taken a science lesson that we sometimes take for granted and breaks it down into easy to remember steps. This fun book is appropriate for children ages 3 to 8. There are a few harder words, but those are in bold and are defined at the end of the book. Mayra’s message in Water Cycle is presented in a clear and fun manner. Each part of the water cycle is not only illustrated in colorful pictures, but each part has a different emotion.

~ Pamela Maynard, Mom Blog Society

Award-winning children’s author, Mayra Calvani latest picture book is about how the water droplets form and turn into rain and drops over the farms, houses, schools and how they fill the side walk with puddles. The last two pages include a word search and word match activities. The art works by Alexander Morris are bright and fun which helps to tell the story.
Great book for early learning!

~ Reviewed by Ella Johnson, Memorable Children Books & Gifts

Homeschooling families and elementary teachers alike with appreciate this fresh, new picture book about the water cycle. Text is informative and demystifies the process the water cycle goes through. Art is fun with a touch of humor. An added bonus in the back is the word search and vocabulary list for teachers to use with students.

~ Nancy I. Sanders, Best-selling and Award-winning children’s author

My Thoughts: Have you ever wondered how you would explain to a child how rain happens? In this educational book for children, author Mayra Calvani did just that: explained the water cycle in simplified terms.

This was a great book that described the process of the water cycle. It was told with very creative images that helped illustrate what the information was saying. There weren't any huge words where a young child would not understand. In fact, the "big" words were explained with definitions followed by questions that would help the child think.

What I liked best about this book was it was not written as a boring text. It was more like a story book. It was written in a way to capture a young child's mind and imagination. Though everything was educational, it was very fun to read.

There was also an educator's guide to go along with this book. It gave wonderful ideas on how to do lessons and how to have conversations with the child concerning the water cycle. Activities were also included in this guide to help further the learning of this topic.

Mayra Calvani did another fabulous job. This would be a perfect book for those that do home-schooling or simply want to teach their young children on the water cycle. I rate it:

About the Author: 

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others. She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she's not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She's represented by Serendipity Literary.

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