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One Well: The Story of Water on Earth (CitizenKid)

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Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water --- and therefore the only planet that can support life.

All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well.

Water has the power to change everything --- a sin
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Kids Can Press
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This outstanding description of the water cycle is really the best I've ever read. Strauss boggles my mind right off by stating that there has always been the same amount of water on earth (one well), and that water I'm drinking today may be recycled from water the dinosaurs drank! Not only does she describe the cycle of evaporation and condensation/precipitation that occurs, but also the difference in the amount of fresh vs. salt water, giving interesting statistics on where all the fresh water ...more
Shelli
Jun 05, 2015 Shelli rated it really liked it
Did you know that there is more water in the atmosphere and soil than in all the Earth’s rivers? Or that only 3% of our water is fresh water? This lengthy picture book is FILLED with page after page of information on our one well, Earth's water supply. Parents and educators looking to teach students about conservation and the importance of water need look no further; a wonderful resource if broken down to a few pages at a time.
Amanda
Dec 05, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
"Without water, nothing can survive." In this introduction to water in all its forms and uses, Strauss makes a strong case for conservation because although our need for water increases, "the amount of water on Earth hasn't ever changed." Each two-page spread includes a few paragraphs on a topic (Plants at the Well, Access to the Well, etc.), an illustration of that topic, and a few facts sprinkled around the page ("While there is a lot of water on the planet, we have access to less than 1 perce ...more
Sheila
Oct 18, 2009 Sheila rated it liked it
Good book. I would have rated the first 3/4 of it a 4. Lots of interesting info that really got the kids and I talking. We had conversations like, "If water always remains water, then when you pee, someone eventually drinks the water from your pee..." I'm not a fan of "Omg, if we don't start using less water, some people won't have enough water!" scare tactics, and that's what the last portion of the book was about. But overall, a fun, interesting book.
Caroline
Oct 18, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is fabulous. I used it last year for a literacy connection to science, and I am looking forward to using it again this year. The text is dense, so it needs some breaking down, but this covers so much that kids might want to know about water on earth. My kids last year asked a lot of great questions while we read this book and it both jumpstarted and augmented our water cycle unit well.
Amy
Sep 22, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Beautiful and rich with delightful, surprising, and informative text! I've been working my way through this book with my 2nd grade daughter as part of her homeschool study of water on earth. Even though it's a picture book, it would make an excellent reference text.
Maggie Klipp
Nov 29, 2013 Maggie Klipp rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss and illustrated by Rosemary Woods is a picture book that contains many details about the way that the water cycle on Earth works. It begins with a brief summary of how water provides for the Earth and how it is a necessary component to life. It moves on to how water covers the Earth, even giving percentages to where Earth’s water is stored and where it is located. The next section talks about the water cycle and how precipitation works. I ...more
Teeny
Jan 25, 2010 Teeny rated it liked it
Summary: This particular book is a worthwhile reading for any individual of any age as it expresses through countless illustrations and text the importance of Earth’s water. Survival on Earth is much dependent on it’s water supply. Without water, nothing would be able to survive. Through reading this book, one is presented with the timely discussion of the use and abuse of this not-so-limitless resource. Showered with fascinating facts- "It took about 130 L (34 U.S. gal.) of water to make your b ...more
Britteny Gilge
Nov 21, 2013 Britteny Gilge rated it really liked it
One well the story of water on earth written by Rochelle Strauss and Illustrated by Rosemary Woods. This book is all about water. How all water in the world is connected and it is essential for sustaining all life. It gives us a look at all water on Earth- in the atmosphere, the oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and rain all connect together into one big well. As we flip through the pages we are greeted with interesting facts intertwined around the main text. This book informs the reader of growing ...more
Tamara
Apr 13, 2010 Tamara rated it liked it
Summary: Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water -- and therefore the only planet that can support life. All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. Water has the power to change everything -- a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the w ...more
Brooke
May 01, 2010 Brooke rated it liked it
Summary: From School Library Journal
"Looking at all the water on Earth—in the atmosphere, the oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and rain as "One Well" into which all life dips to survive—Strauss presents a timely discussion of the use and abuse of a not-so-limitless resource. Liberally sprinkled with interesting facts—"It took about 130 L (34 U.S. gal.) of water to make your bike"—the readable text informs children of growing demands on a finite supply; increasing pollution; and the intensifying urg
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Jessica
Mar 14, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All ages
This is such a clever idea for a children's book! The author does a great job making this a fun informational story for kids. One Well has information concerning pollution and the conservation of water, which is very important to teach children at an early age. I encourage the author Rochelle Strauss, to continue writing stories that teach about more worldly issues. Hopefully by doing this children may take actions to make a difference for their future.

Written by Rochelle Strauss and Illustrate
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Michaela George
Water is what makes our world unique among other planets and also allows our planet to sustain life. In One Well: The Story of Water on Earth, Strauss does an incredible job at explaining the characteristics of water on earth by explaining many important concepts such as evaporation, condensation, where water is located, how long water has existed, and how much water it takes to create things that we use everyday. She works to open our eyes about how important water it to us because we all drink ...more
Andrew
Mar 23, 2010 Andrew rated it it was ok
Summary: Looking at all the water on Earth—in the atmosphere, the oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and rain as "One Well" into which all life dips to survive—Strauss presents a timely discussion of the use and abuse of a not-so-limitless resource. Liberally sprinkled with interesting facts—"It took about 130 L (34 U.S. gal.) of water to make your bike"—the readable text informs children of growing demands on a finite supply; increasing pollution; and the intensifying urgency for the conservation, p ...more
Mallori
Mar 25, 2010 Mallori rated it really liked it
Summary: This is a story about how the earth has had the same water supply for billions of years and how precious it is to plants and animals everywhere. It gives many facts about water and how much it means to our survival here on earth.

Reading Level: Ages 8 and up

Genre: Picture Book

Uses: Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Read-Aloud, Shared Reading

Social Issues: Children can learn how to respect and take great care of the earth so that water can stay clean and plentiful. They can learn abou
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Graham Lazar
Jun 22, 2014 Graham Lazar rated it really liked it
As a part of the CitizenKid series, One Well places environmental ethics at the heart of a cannon of global issues that belong in the elementary classroom. One Well draws strength from its simplicity of focus: the essential nature of water to the life of our planet.

This text offers a pretty strong synopsis of the Water Cycle and the unique properties of water: condensation, evaporation, and precipitation. As a part of a read aloud, this text can provide a strong introduction to these properties
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Jessica Minnoia
Jan 28, 2010 Jessica Minnoia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This book is very informative about the water on Earth, referred to as One Well. The book discusses uses for water throughout the world, ways to conserve water and reduce pollution, how plants and animals use water, and many other facts. The book has colorful pictures with a few additional facts/statistics on these pages.
As a teacher I would have this book available for independent reading in grades 3-5 and perhaps use appropriate parts for a read aloud when doing a unit on specific parts, fo
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Annette Ruane
Dec 01, 2013 Annette Ruane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
After taking an environmental science class my sophomore year of college I became aware of the details of our water here on earth and just how much it means to us. This made me have a stronger connection to the book as I read it and became more engaged. I like how this book is a children’s book and is bringing up the topic of the environment to young readers. I wonder if the author ever thought about using real pictures as oppose to the illustrations to let the kids relate to the story more. I d ...more
Caitlin Day
This book is amazing! First off, I love the pictures in this book. They are so vibrant and beautiful and you can't help but get lost in them. The story line of this book is also very formative and shocking. It really puts into words how wasteful we can be and how often we take what we have for granted here. This book would be great to read to children because they can see for themselves that we need to come up with a way to help save and conserve water. The message in this book is great for kids ...more
Josh Wagner
Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water -- and therefore the only planet that can support life. All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. Water has the power to change everything -- a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in t ...more
Shannon Cash
This picture book is about all the water that is on Earth and how it is connected to only one well. The book gives out facts on how much water each country uses and different uses of water around the globe. The book continues to talk about all of the uses of water on our planet. The book does not do a great job of differentiating between fact and fiction. After second grade I do not feel like this book will be helpful to teachers because many students already have had a bit of science and will s ...more
Marcy
Jan 27, 2012 Marcy rated it it was amazing
I was recommended this book from one of the organizations I "like" on Facebook. It is a great informative text about the story of water on earth, focusing on the percentages of water on earth, recycling, plants and animals that depend on water, watery habitats, how people use water and a graph showing the daily use of water per person in different countries, water pollution and conservation. This is a great example of the features of an informative text in that it contains large sub-titles, info ...more
Sarah
May 01, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
Title: One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
Author: Rochelle Strauss
Illustrator: Rosemary Woods

Publisher: Kids Can Press
Year of Publication: 2007

Grade level: 2-6
Genre: Picture Book
Topics: Water conservation
Social Issues Addressed: Protecting the earth

Summary: The book displays the importance of water. It addresses many different topics about water. Some of these topics include water conservation and preservation, precipitation, evaporation, and condensation. The book has many facts about water i
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Kristin
Jan 21, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it
One Well reads like a beautifully illustrated textbook about water for children. It highlights the importance of earth’s water as essential to our survival. The pages are colorful and full of interesting facts. In addition, One Well includes information on water usage, pollution, conservation, and awareness.

Potential Audience: Grades 3-6.

Genre: Picture book, non-fiction

Curricular Use: Read-aloud, independent reading, reference, could make a great reader's theater

Social Issues: Global awareness,
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Heidi
Jan 25, 2010 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is an excellent book for all children to read! It is a book all about water. One Well discusses how all plants and animals need water for survival and that everyone needs to do their part to conserve water. There were a lot of interesting facts throughout the book, along with charts to put things into perspective for young children. It makes the reader think about how they could conserve water and help out our planet.

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Genre: Informational Picture book

Topic: Water

Use:
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Katee
Mar 23, 2010 Katee added it
This book is a great way for children to understand some concepts about water. It discusses how plants and animals need water for their survival and that everyone needs to do their part to conserve water. The book had a lot of interesting facts throughout the book. It also had charts and such to maybe help children better understand what was being said. The book makes the reader think about how they can help to conserve water to help our planet.




Age:4th-6th grade

Use: Sing the water cycle song, te
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Graham
Oct 20, 2015 Graham rated it it was amazing
I was impressed that the book includes the amount of water that goes into the production of one fast food burger and how much water it requires to produce a liter of cow milk. But I was a little disappointed at the end of book in the "Well Aware" section. Instead of suggesting that being vegan (or even vegetarian) will reduce your water foot drastically, the author suggests that you can turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. But, yes, other than that, this is a great book to introduce child ...more
Michele Knott
Fantastic text teaching and educating young readers about the water on Earth. The author did a great job dividing the book into sections that make it clear what the reader is going to learn about. The illustrations add important details to support the text and the author includes captions that give further information. This book could be read as a whole, or just small sections used for close reading. The author included great information at the end of the book - giving readers suggestions on wha ...more
Mary Anjali
Jul 21, 2012 Mary Anjali rated it really liked it
One well, water. To feed from, to drink from, humans, animals, plants and habitats. This informational book is very emotional at the same time. It gives us heartwrenching statistics about access to water, who uses the water, fresh water, where water comes from (recycling of water), resources and why we need water. This would be a great book for Social Studies, public awareness, science, life cycles and habitats, also math there are graph features. Not only does this book tell you about the crisi ...more
Jackie
One Well:The Story of Water on Earth shows us how we are all connected by one huge global well of water. Other facts include: Earth's surface is covered by 70% water, the amount of water on Earth does not change, people depend and live on water's benefits, an individual drinks the equivalent of a backyard swimming pool full of water in his lifetime, and average daily usage in America is 55 buckets, average daily use in Ethiopia is 1 bucket.

Used for "Got Milk?, Got Water?, Got Juice?" storytime-
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Rochelle Strauss is an award-winning author, freelance writer and education consultant in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of McGill University (BA) and York University (MES), Rochelle has over 15 years’ experience in developing, writing and implementing education and communication initiatives, specializing in environment and natural history. Rochelle has worked on national and international projects a ...more
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