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. Volume XXIII Number 3. . . .September 23, 2016
The infographic style of this highly engaging book is the perfect format to impart information on such a broad topic. Data-rich, entertaining and educational, Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration presents complex information succinctly and clearly, informing readers without their having to slog through a lot of cumbersome narrative text. Following a general introduction, the book is divided into seven main chapters covering a wide range of water-related topics. Icons representing everyday relatable objects (a water glass, a milk jug, a water cooler bottle and a bathtub) help readers to understand the comparative measurements of water being discussed. The information is sometimes presented in a question and answer format, sometimes in paragraphs under sub-headings, but mostly by means of photos, diagrams, graphs (pie, line, bar and donut), pictographs, flowcharts, timelines, tables and maps. General topics include the states and types of water, how water is formed, where it is found, the water cycle, water’s effects on Earth’s climate, ancient myths about water, water usage, the forms of water power, humans’ access to water, and what people can do to care for and conserve this precious resource.
The infographic format also allows readers to select only the kind of information they are seeking without having to read the entire book or to skim through paragraphs of text. And, since some of the topics, such as Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and osmotic power, are rather technical and complex, readers can skip those entirely and still glean a lot of information from the book. Readers might be surprised to find out that the water on this planet is the same as the water that has existed for billions of years, so at one time their glass of water might have been in Cleopatra’s bathwater or rain that fell on an ancestor who lived hundreds of years ago. Some examples of the amazing facts included in this book are that there are about 38,000 different organisms in four cups of seawater; 91% of water species are still unknown; and a microorganism called a tardigrade, whose body normally consists of about 85% water, can survive without food or water for 10 years, springing back to life once it is wet again. Colourful graphics and backgrounds, combined with an abundance of well-organized facts, make Water Wow! an excellent addition to any school or public library.
Gail Hamilton is a former teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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