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A child crouches beside a meadow brook, and a drop of water collects and falls from the child’s fingertip to continue on its journey. Where does that journey begin? High in the sky, rain clouds are parting. Water trickles and flows down the mountain, collecting in an upland bog, seeping through a beaver’s dam, rushing over rocks, passing many plants and animals along its winding way—each dependent on water and the different environments it shapes to live. Author and illustrator Gordon Morrison has captured a single moment in time, revealing the course and influence of water, and inviting readers to pause and consider the world around them in this beautiful and lyrical appreciation of nature and the resource that makes it all possible—a drop of water.
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Gordon Morrison is a well-known naturalist whose work has been praised by Roger Tory Peterson as "Marvelous, beautiful, excellent . . . Morrison’s work is so inspiring that I wish such clear material was available when I was slowly learning ecology. . . . We owe a debt of gratitude to Gordon for his interpretive skills as an artist. He is a superb teacher who uses visual methods." Robert Bateman likened his work to that of Albrecht Durer and Andrew Wyeth. Gordon Morrison makes his home in Massachusetts.From Booklist:
K-Gr. 3. The latest picture book by the writer-illustrator of Nature in the Neighborhood (2004) follows the downhill path of rainwater. "A child's finger is wet with water from a meadow brook." On a nearby mountaintop, rainwater flows into a stream that falls over a cliff, through a mountain pool and an upland bog, past a beavers' dam, through a lowland swamp and a meadow marsh, and past the child who crouches by the brook. Each double-page spread opens on a new scene, deftly illustrated in pencil drawings that are brightened with colors to highlight portions of the picture. The few lines of text per spread point out examples of plants and animals in the illustrations. Though some children will find the quiet, ever-informative text soporific, others may enjoy looking for the specific animals and plants named there. Appended notes with thumbnail pencil illustrations offer help in identifying the species mentioned. Though the large-scale, close-up cover art will appeal to preschoolers, the landscape pictures inside are better suited to an older audience. Carolyn Phelan
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