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Hey, Water!

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,066 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Splash! A little girl plays a game of hide-and-seek with water, in this nonfiction picture book.

Hey, water! I know you! You're all around.

Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. But water doesn't always look the same, it doesn't always feel the same, and it shows up in lots of different shapes. Water can be a lake, it can b
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Neal Porter Books
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Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grown-ups are problematic. Somehow, they’ve managed to work it so that they’re on all the review committees that determine the best books for kids. How is that fair? Tell me, can you think of any book committees that have an honorary child member? I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m just saying it doesn’t happen all that often. I don’t need to spell out the problems with this kind of situation to you, because you know precisely what happens when a bunch of adults all come together to determine t ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
All about water...
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An awesome introductory picture book about the water cycle and how important water is! I would definitely use this sneaky non-fiction book in storytime!
Ms. B
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture
How many forms of water can you name? Find out if you were able to think of as many as Antoinette Portis did in this tribute to water.
Sandy Brehl
This is a delightful and kid-friendly nonfiction picture book about the many ways in which water surrounds us. The text is minimal, with simple secondary text (in smaller font) on many pages to clarify the content: ICEBERG (a rock that floats) or RIVER (rushing to the sea). Back matter describes the states of water (gas, liquid, solid) and other science content, making this a perfect pairing with Miranda Paul's WATER IS WATER.
Consider pairing (tripling it!) also with Luxbacher's DEEP UNDERWATER
Shaye Miller
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This nonfiction book is an excellent resource for children learning all about water in its many forms, including the water cycle. Additionally, it's written in a way that both established readers AND emergent readers can enjoy. Amidst the prose of each page, a new word is shared to go with each illustration. Younger children can use context clues to decode the word while older children can read the details. The artwork is exactly what I love to see in a children's nonfiction book -- just enough ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was kind of shocked by how much I liked this - and my kid really responded to it. The design is great, the text is so simple, just beautiful altogether. I don't know why this little book about water made me so happy but it did. ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this simple and lovely exploration of water in our lives. I'm also a sucker for good back matter, and this book provides several pages that go into greater depth in the water cycle, states of water, the scarcity of water, and ways to use it responsibly. ...more
Laura Harrison
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hey, Water! is a deceptively simple, brilliant, non-fiction picture book. I am in awe of the creative approach and wonderful illustrations. Every children's library needs this book. Phenomenal job Antoinette Portis! ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Introducing PreK-1st graders to observing and describing the world around them? A little girl notices the role of water in her everyday life and in her surroundings—a sprinkler, a water faucet, a stream, a lake. She also notices that water sometimes tries to hide – or change state—“Water, even when you try to fool me, I know you.” Portis’ illustrations are worthy of close looking and her language is poetic, worthy of reading, rereading, and savoring along the way. “You cover most of the earth—sa ...more
I really loved this book! There’s so much enthusiasm in both the text and illustrations. It covers all the sources of water ending with “Hey water, thank you!”. In the after matter, there is an explanation of the 3 states of water including the info that water coming out of a kettle as steam is not a gaseous form of water but is water vapor, a liquid form of water. I’m impressed with how careful Portis was in what she wrote! She also included a wonderful explanation of the need for water conserv ...more
Rachel Grover
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super cute explanation of water in its various forms, geared for littles. 4 stars because some of the additional resources in the back about water are a bit too advanced for the intended reader and I didn't notice any kind of intentional organization to the places water is found. Would be great for elementary libraries. ...more
Michele Knott
Love this book by Portis, concentrating on all the water there is around us. From water in a drinking glass to water in a bathtub, from water in a dewdrop to water in a lake - Portis compares the different forms, shapes and properties water can take. This is one of those books that I may read multiple times and find new ideas in her groupings and comparisons.
The backmatter also has information that has classroom uses. From a map of the water cycle to information on how to conserve water, you wo
Hey, Water! is a simple but beautifully crafted children's book written for kids of young ages to understand water in all its various forms. The illustrator uses a variety of textures in their drawings to bring to life each form of water. Each page only has a few words, so it would be great for younger audiences with shorter attention spans. The book can be used as a fun and creative way to explain the concept of water as a solid, liquid, and gas. The author includes additional educational conte ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very cute and simple introduction to water for preschoolers. There's some sources in the back for further learning about water, and also a pretty nice water cycle chart. ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A simple, fun book that is perfect for teaching kids about water in its many shifting forms.
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as picture-books
A fun and simple way to explain how water is in our everyday lives. I really hope Portis does more nonfiction!
Petra Fuentes
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hey, Water! By Antoinette Portis is an informational picture book. I found this title in the Sibert Award link under the nonfiction digital resources. This is a concept book about water. It is told by a little girl, she starts off by saying, "Hey, water! I know you! You're all around." Water can be seen coming out of a faucet, sprinkler, shower, and a hose. Water is shown in a stream, river, sea, ocean, lake, pool, puddle, dewdrop, tears, rain, steam, cloud, fog, ice cube, iceberg, ice rink, sno ...more
I prefer more colorful illustrations; however, one cannot help but admire Portis' style and her lovely expose on water and it's place in our lives. Delightful to share with a child. ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simple and great illustrations. I would buy this
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book lists the different forms of water depicted on each page as the narrator talks to water. There is an explanation of the different stages of the water cycle and how water can come in different forms in the back.
Xuejiao Li
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is a great nonfiction picture book to understand everything about water, such as the water circle and the form of water.
You can read this one straight through as an informative text with the sentences in black type, or you can explore it as more of a concept book with the stamped-style words.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A playful ode to water and its different forms with informative backmatter.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbnf-500
Water in all its forms and manifestations, from puddle to swimming pool, from stream to ocean. Includes information about the 3 states of water and the water cycle in the back of the book. The illustrations are very nice.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hey, Water! By Antoinette Portis, is a book primarily for the primary grades, K-4th. It talks about the different variation of water. It informs us about the forms and shapes that water takes. “Freeze as hard as a rock, ice cube. A rock that floats, iceberg.” Furthermore, it shows the various areas that water is located, such as, faucet, sprinkler, shower, hose, stream, river. It informs us about its noise, “Quiet and calm. Slide down my cheeks without a sound. Tear.” Portis shows her audience t ...more
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bio
I read this book on YouTube and found it on the Robert F. Sibal list of winner books from 2020. This book teaches students about water that is all around them. It talks about everything from the oceans, the tears that fall from your eyes, and icebergs. I think this book would be perfect for students in primary grades, especially during science when learning about the water cycle. I think it would be great for students to read of all of the things that are made up of water around them. It could b ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Close to two-thirds of our planet is covered in water. Of that water, ninety-six point five percent is contained in our oceans. Depending on your geographic location you can dig through the ground and reach a point that is completely saturated with water. You have found the water table. There is a certain amount of water in the air we breathe measured by our humidity (currently ninety-seven percent in my community). You would be astonished to realize how much of our blood contains water. Liquid ...more
Water, poetically presented in all its many forms. I love how simple and clear this book is, and that the main text is followed by more detailed back matter — science facts that back everything up, plus resources — making the book suitable for a wide range of ages.
Teresa Bateman
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This book rejoices in water in all its forms and disguises, coming from any number of sources, and interacting with the world and the people who live in it. Lyrical text combines with brush and ink illustrations that have been digitally colored, showing a variety of perspectives. This would be nicely combined with "Ice Boy" for a story time about the water cycle. ...more
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Antoinette attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. She lives in Southern California.

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