Tuesday, March 11, 2014

12/31 New Book Coming - A Must for Nature Lovers

           Great to be writing for the Slice of Life Challenge at the blog, Two Writing Teachers.   And today I'm also posting at Alyson Beecher's blog, Kid-Lit Frenzy for Non-Fiction Picture Book Wednesday. I've had the pleasure of viewing an advanced copy of a book I know everyone will love, and want to share it with you.

           On April 1st, Laura Purdie Salas’ new poetry picture book, Water Can Be, will arrive on your doorstep if you pre-order now! You can find all about Laura here at her website. You can find her blog, Writing The World for Kids, information for writers, for teachers, for students, and for visits to your classroom.  Most recently, Laura became a new "teaching author" at the blog, TeachingAuthors. She is a busy writer, and writes wonderful books for children.   

      
        Among other books, Laura is most recently the author of the similar book out in 2012, A Leaf Can Be, receiver of numerous awards. A few months before, Bookspeak: Poems About Books, was also published, and is also the recipient of many awards.
         Water Can Be, Laura’s new book, is filled with all the delight one can create when thinking about water.  There are real things shown, like “tadpole catcher” and more abstract ideas, like “picture catcher” (looking at a reflection in a puddle).  After enjoying the book for its beauty, I also imagine using it as a mentor text for writing about the uses of other things in life. Children’s imaginations will soar after reading this book. 

          I adored A Leaf Can Be, both Laura’s clever words, and Violeta Dabija’s gorgeous illustrations, and Water Can Be is as beautiful and informative. Both books should be in every classroom that studies nature and wants especially to emphasize its beauty and importance.  I remember someone told me once that our planet should be named “water” instead of “earth”. Although about 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, only 2% of that is drinkable. Water is vital to survival, and clean water is something not everyone on earth can depend upon. For that reason, Laura is donating 10% of her royalties to a group that works hard to get clean water to those in need: Water Aid.   Here is one of the book trailers for the book:
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         I hope you'll explore all the links shared about Laura's new book. It's one of those that shouldn't be missed!  Thanks Laura for allowing me a peek ahead of publishing, and thanks to Millbrook Picture Books!

30 comments:

  1. I remember Laura showing us this book at NCTE, Linda - can't wait to have my own copy at last!

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    1. Yes, I remember too-so beautiful! I've pre-ordered, so we'll get it soon!

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  2. Beautiful.This will be such a compliment to my read aloud A Long Walk to Water. Ordering now. Thanks Linda.

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    1. Terrific idea, Julieanne, to pair with A Long Walk To Water-both important books!

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  3. It looks like a book that can get some interesting conversations started. Water snuffer, what a fun way to develop vocabulary.

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    1. Yes Elsie, I think that Laura's book will be enjoyed in many ways, and for a long time!

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  4. I love BOOKSPEAK. Can't wait to see this one!

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    1. Yes, have used Bookspeak for "book love" poetry, and now this will be in that stack too.

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  5. Thank you, Linda, for your beautiful post! And thanks to Tara, Julianne, elsie, and Carol, too. Julieanne, I adore A LONG WALK TO WATER. Linda Sue is an inspiration...

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    1. You are welcome, Laura. It's a good idea for a post someday, to create a "water" list!

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  6. What a great book. I am planning to order a copy. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Wonderful, Caroline. Hope you love it!

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  7. This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the review. And BTW, I subscribed to follow your blog.

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    1. Thank you Freeda, love hearing that, but also that you liked this new book!

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  8. This title looks stunning. I have A Leaf Can Be so I would love to add this to my collection. Looks like a book that can be used in a variety of ways - besides just being a beautiful book!

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    1. As I said briefly above, yes, it can "be" many things in the classroom, Carrie! I love A Leaf Can Be too!

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  9. I've been waiting for my library to get a copy, and they still don't, so you convinced me to pre-order this one! I have a couple of other water sources that I will pair it with - NewsELA had a water shortage article this week and I'm also going to use the book "One Well" by Rochelle Strauss. Thanks for showing this book, I needed one more convincing reason to get it :)

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    1. It's not out until April 1st, Michelle, very soon. I hope you'll urge your library to add a copy to their collection. Happy you'll have your own copy too. Thanks for the titles-I think I will start a 'water' list!

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  10. Thanks for the book review and short clip. I enjoy hearing water especially since everything has been so frozen this year!!! Looks like these books take you to another dimension of the simple things of nature.

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    1. Yes, there is an added beauty to them because of Laura's creative use of words and rhyme, and the fabulous illustrations! Thanks Tam!

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  11. Linda, I finally figured out the technology to get my advanced copy. I should do a review very soon. I agree with yours, filled with delight.

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    1. Terrific. Did you use Bluefire Reader? I've found that very helpful. Yes, it is a gorgeous book! Thanks, Margaret!

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  12. Oh I'm so excited for these books! Thank you! I'm reserving those at the library right now!

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    1. Water Can Be won't be out until April 1st, but do look for it! Thanks!

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    1. They're always fun to see, Suparna. If you have a favorite book, you usually can find the trailer, at least the recent ones! Thanks!

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  14. What a beautiful book! Loved the trailer. I will certainly check all the links!

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    1. Thanks Beverley. It really fills the mind with lovely thoughts of water, and how much we value it, too!

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  15. Thanks for sharing this. I'll have to check it out and her other books. I may have seen Bookspeak before.

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    1. You're welcome, Earl. Laura's books are all wonderful!

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