Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks (Regarding the...)
"...We need a new drinking fountain. Please send catalog. "
Florence Waters responds:
"I'd be delighted. . . But please understand that all of my fountains are custom-made."
And so begins the hilarious chronicle, in letters,...more
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The series goes on too long, though: I read them all today, and while the format remains as clever as ever, the plots become more ridiculous and less distinctive - and therefore measurably less delightful.
Told through memos, notes, newspaper articles and other documents, this book tells the story of fountain designer Florence Waters and her quest to build an epic fountain for the children of Dry Creek, Missouri.
I love how this book is told through a series of letters, post cards, announcements, newspaper articles, and memos. It is visually a lot of fun to read with many fonts, hand writings, and pictures.
The story centers around Dry Creek Middle School needing a new drinking fountain, Mr. N's 5th grade class, Florence Waters of Flowing Fountai ...more
Told through letters, memos and postcards, this is the story of a class who befriends an eccentric artist who has been hired to build a new fountain for them.
I'm not a big fan of this style of writing. I don't like all the different formats. None of the kids in my class really liked this one either. I really have no idea who picks these books for the Battle of the Books.
Not only is this little book whimsical and absolutely adorable--it also contains a fair amount of mystery and romance all in one!
I love to read short children's stories like this one because it shows me that even the most simple books can still have magic and beauty in them.
Throughout the book the class forms a relationship with the artist through letters about the fountain until a problem ari ...more
This book was an absolute treasure trove of information. the fountain designer, Florence Waters, or Flo as she goes by, spends ...more
An unexpected adventure begins when principal Walter Russ requests a catalog from Flowing Waters Fountain, etc. The current drinking fountain in Dry Creek Middle School has sprung a leak. Florence Waters is uniquely individual, as are all her fountains. She asks Mr. Sam N.'s fifth-grade class for their suggestions on what the fountain should look like. Needless to say, there is a wide range of ideas. Soon the project begins, and Flo is traveling all over the wor ...more
Principal Walter Russ’ Solution: Replace with another drinking fountain, same model, same price (very cheap), same level of boringness.
This solution is just plain unacceptable to Ms. Florence Waters whose job it will be to replace it. She never builds the same fountain twice, and is delighted when the students in Mr. Sam N’s fifth grade class send her their ideas. “Of course a drinking fountain should have tropical fish ...more
This book is so clever. If you have reluctant reader, this one should help entertain. It's a SILLY novel and since it's written in letters, memos, postcards, etc, it's mostly just "conversations". I'm the type of person who sometimes gets bored with overdescriptions but loves the talking parts, so this book was much more that....talking.
The ending had some newspaper clippings and other documents ("documents" for fear of sort of spoiling) that weren't ...more
Published well before the current trend toward novels with drawings and hybrid graphic novels, it has recently been re-issued in hard-cover.
It has a certain type of middle-grade humor that doesn't quite work for me as a adult reader--almost every character's name is a pun--but kids of a certain bent will love that aspect!
The subtle theme of student empowerment and creativity in the classroom i ...more
Catherine "Kate" Klise is an American author of children's literature. Many of her books are illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Their popular Regarding series is presented in a scrapbook style format, with letters, journal entries, and related ephemera telling the story. She is also known for her picture ...more