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Happy Spring! My poem, Ode To Wind
is visiting Today's Little Ditty today.
I know many of you have heard me say how much we need rain or snow. Recently, I even posted a picture of a couple of puddles because I was so excited. While it was wonderful, that little rainstorm lasted about 20 minutes! Despite recent snow, and significant snow in the mountains, Colorado's plains and foothills have emerged in drought-like conditions. There are fires in various places happening right now.
Somehow I seemed to have read three stories about rain this past week. And if you consider also the sci-fi talk about potable water on Mars, I can also count The Last Day on Mars as a futuristic water challenge.
Here are the current facts from Water.org, including one in ten people on earth, 685 million people who lack access to safe water.
|Figuring out how to make water.|
It takes some time to set up this futuristic universe, and the story of a population's last day on Mars, because the sun will soon implode is fast paced and tense. There is an alternate group that's shown in the prologue, with ominous foretelling, and away Kevin Emerson goes with Book One of the escape. Emerson is clever in the beginning, showing the main character Liam a little nostagic to leave the only home he's ever known. He and two friends actually skip school to have one adventure that helps set the pace. It didn't turn out to be the fun expected. Just when one thinks it's over and they can take off with the millions leaving, something else happens and then something else. I imagine middle school readers who love sci-fi will love this too. The biggest problem is the wait for Book number two.
|The plight of those who are desperate|
|Those who have a good time with water.|
|The conflcts of water, too much or too little.|
I imagine most know these next books, but thought it would be good to share them too:
A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park, Water Can Be - Laura Purdie Salas, Water Is Water: A Book About The Water Cycle - Miranda Paul,