by Franklyn Branley
illustrated by James Graham Hale
Let's Read and Find Out Science
A straightforward, kid-friendly explanations of the water cycle that are made even more clear through Hale's bright pen-and-ink illustrations. This title covers all the basics like how clouds form, why rain occurs, how water is recycled, etc.
This title uses kid-friendly language
illustrations but also includes scientific
are often absent from more 'cute' titles on the water cycle. And unlike
books on this list, this title is great for working into your
introductory water cycle lessons -- when you are just starting to
discuss the topic-- because this book focuses on defining and
of the water cycle. As always, Franklyn Branley's explanations are
clear and kid friendly.
This book is part of the popular science picture book series Lets Read and Find Out Science. Like other books in this series, there are some fun related experiments and activities in the back of the book.
Interest Level: Gr. 2-4 DRA Level: 30 Lexile Measure: 560L
Grade Level Equiv: 2.5 Guided Reading: N
Below are sample spreads from inside Down Comes the Rain. As you can see, the illustrations greatly aid the learning, and speech bubbles are used as well to add extra clarification. Children are featured making the discoveries and conducting the experiments and the language is clear and accessible.
The second spread provides a good example of how the water cycle 'discoveries' featured in this book are all carried out by children. In the illustration on the left, a young girl puts a teaspoon of water on a plate in the morning and by that night, the water has evaporated. The text at the top of the page reads "Water vapor is made when water evaporates. That means the water changes from a liquid to a gas." In the illustration on the right, two children are talking through examples of evaporation in their immediate surroundings (clothes drying on a clothesline, water changing to vapor in a kettle).
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If you like this one, there are more Let's Read and Find Out Science series books. We really like this series. The authors and illustrators do such a good job of taking complex science subjects and putting them into kid friendly doses and language! They are definitely worth checking out. You can learn more about this great series of books by clicking on the book covers below or the link above.