Book: A Drop of Water

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

2 hydrogen atoms walk into an oxygen bar
The bartender says, “Water you doing here? I thought you split.”

Thank you…thank you…I’m here all week. Try the veal.

Note: Nick, like most toddlers I have observed, is obsessed with water. I have heard, for example, that the Peggy Notebaert Museum has plenty of children’s activities, but we can’t seem to get past the water play exploration area.

This book is really written for grades 3-6, but Walter Wick’s stop-action and magnification photography will captivate even the youngest reader. We see water in its various states – liquid, solid, and gas – and forms – frost, snowflake, bubble, steam, etc.

Reading it last night, Nick and I spent 5 minutes on cloud formation. This morning he spent longer than usual staring at the sky. (I will admit, it could be a coincidence. Then again, you never know…)

Did Nick understand everything we read?

Probably not.

Did I?

Sort of.

Will we learn together?


Bonus: And just because it opens with water, here is the 2005 commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College.

(Thank you, Mary Kate)


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