Non-Fiction Children’s Book: Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas


Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija (Illustrations)

Age Range: 2 and up

Library Binding: 32 pages

Publisher: Millbrook Pr Trade (April 1, 2014)

Genre: Picture Book

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Water can be a…

Thirst quencher
Kid drencher
Cloud fluffer
Fire snuffer

Find out about the many roles water plays in this poetic exploration of water throughout the year.

Find the Book:


Praise for A Leaf Can Be…:
“A lovely observation about nature, suitable for a variety of science units or individual sharing.” —School Library Journal

explores the many functions a leaf can serve with simple grace….
Dabija bathes her mixed-media scenes in a fuzzy glow, creating a
welcoming environment in every spread.” —Publishers Weekly

“Simple and pleasing, with classroom-discussion and read-aloud appeal.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A great read-aloud choice for fall story hours and classroom units on leaves.” —Booklist

About the Author:

Laura Purdie Salas is the author
of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including A LEAF CAN BE…
(Millbrook, 2012), BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Clarion, 2011), and
to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate
to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality.

Laura is a
mentor for hire (, a cupcake and brownie addict, and
an adventurer (as long as it doesn’t involve skydiving).

About the Illustrator:

My name is Violeta Dabija and I’m a freelance children’s book illustrator from Republic of Moldova, Eastern Europe.

I have a strong art background (a BA degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design)
and 5 years full-time employment experience as a children’s book
illustrator for a major local publishing house. In 2005 I decided to go
freelance and promote my work out of my country. Currently I am a
full-time freelancer and work with clients from all over the world.

My focus is on producing magic pictures, whimsical and unique
environments for my characters. I keep my work simple and clear but I
pay meticulous attention to detail.
I work in both traditional and digital media and I also love combining
traditional and digital techniques while retaining the traditional feel
of the illustration. I enjoy illustrating children’s books and find
nothing better than making people happy with my work.

I have illustrated about 25 children’s books and my work has been featured in the 07/08 Edition of 
200 Best Illustrators worldwide.


My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful picture book. The text is written in verse and it
flows easily. There are just a few words on each page, making it a
quick, easy read that kids will enjoy. It is a non-fiction book about
water, all the different forms it can take, and the places it can be
found. There is a section in the back with additional information about
water that slightly older children will find of interest.  This is a
great introduction to science and nature for young kids.

The artwork is unique and quite interesting. There are a lot of textures
and bright colors that make the pictures really fun to look at.
Overall, the illustrations are beautiful.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    March 25, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Thanks very much for sharing my book with your readers–I'm so glad you liked it!

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