It Starts with a Raindrop/Comienza con una gota de lluvia

illus. by Angela Alvarenga & Jonathon E. Goley. 32p. glossary. East West Discovery. Jan. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780997394719. BL
PreS-Gr 2—This lyrical bilingual picture book would serve well as an introduction to the water cycle for young students. The text rhymes in both English and Spanish, with the words flowing from page to page. The detailed illustrations depict a family going about their usual routine, with the text pointing to how water is not only present but essential to the situation (taking a bath, cooking, etc.). About halfway through, the characters are taken on a journey through nature to experience water in the form of rain, snowflakes, creeks, a stream, and more. Alvarenga and Goley's artwork supports the material presented, and readers will enjoy looking for small background details—ants crawling on a tree stump, a cat lapping water, and a dragonfly resting on a blade of grass. Back matter includes an illustrated and labeled representation of the water cycle. Embedded within this visual is a glossary of relevant vocabulary. The last page contains additional water-related information.
VERDICT A great selection for bilingual STEM collections.

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