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Water in the Park: A Book About Water and…

Water in the Park: A Book About Water and the Times of the Day

by Emily Jenkins

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Throughout the day a park interacts with water in different ways. Dogs bathing in the pond, kids drinking water, playing in the water then it rains later in the day. This book is rather dry and unengaging. I suppose it's tied to a water cycle like lesson. ( )
  KelseyDavison | Mar 16, 2014 |
The illustrations in this book are fabulous and are simple but full of detail. They are brightly colored and vivid. The pictures add a lot of life and realism to the story. The story is sequential starting from the beginning of a day to the end helping children to understand the rules of sequencing.
  jenniferflowers | Mar 16, 2014 |
This books takes the readers on an hourly journey of the public's interactions (people, kids, animals...) with water during a very hot day at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY.

The writing has a comforting, euphoric feel to it, and the illustrations are incredible. It made me feel like I was people watching in the city, which is something that my husband enjoy doing. I also loved the diversity of the people that were illustrated. People of all sizes, ages, genders and races were included in this book. The title did make me think, the book would be non-fiction with some factual information, but I was still pleased with the language and rhythm the words presented. ( )
  aelmer | Mar 15, 2014 |
A day in the life of a city park
  shaemakay | Dec 9, 2013 |
A bit of a curious book. I guess I was expecting part non fiction, and so was my son who picked it up when he saw it was "a book about water and the times of the day". Not so much, in fact you won't learn a thing from this book, except that people, plants and animals drink water and that kids and dogs play with it too. Otherwise the book is utterly mundane, uninspired and frankly not very creative. The text is flat and in parts a tad weird. At first all the names mentioned seemed to be dog names: Bingo, Little Nonny, Mr. Fluffynut, but people or babies ("humans") are referred to anonymously, as "the baby with the bagel" or "the other baby", whatever! Then, midway through the book this suddenly changes, with Claudie K.'s sitter (looks kinda ugly, doesn't it?!) and Shawnee B. and Benjamin F. so we expect to see them get involved in something remarkable, ... but they don't really, but Claudie K. doesn't want to go home. Eh, it's not great, but there's lots of detail in the pictures, and the young ones will love to pore over them. So, the illustrations by [a:Stephanie Graegin|5398581|Stephanie Graegin|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66-251a730d696018971ef4a443cdeaae05.jpg] (which are fine, delicate and cute, although not stunning) may be the book's saving grace.

It's a fine book about community, if a little on the trivial side, and it will most certainly appeal to all those who have fond memories of Brooklyn or a special big city park. ( )
  Fjola | Oct 17, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375870024, Hardcover)

“A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic,” raves Booklist in a starred review.

From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park. Seasoned picture book readers may notice Emily Jenkins's classic inspirations for this book: Alvin Tresselt's Caldecott Medal-winning White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, and Charlotte Zolotow's The Park Book, illustrated by H. A. Rey.

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Relates how the water in a park is used in different ways by the human and animal inhabitants of a neighborhood.

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