A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

English / USA

Water rolls, water rises
El agua rueda, el agua sube

Mora, Pat (text)
So, Meilo (illus.)
Domínguez, Adriana / Mora, Pat (transl.)
New York: Children’s Book Press / Lee & Low, 2014. – [32] p.
ISBN 978-0-89239-325-1
Text in English and Spanish

Water – Landscape – Picture book – Bilingual book

Award-winning author Pat Mora has always been fascinated by water and the way it influences nature and human beings alike. This bilingual picture book is a poetic celebration of water’s movement, its rhythm, its power, and its soothing qualities. Renowned artist Meilo So has taken each of Mora’s evocative three-line stanzas and transformed them into stunning double spread illustrations beautifully rendered in mixed media. Specific places and landscapes are cited as the inspiration behind each of the sixteen pictures. This book takes readers on a joyful journey around the globe from the picturesque Grand Canal in Venice (Italy): “Water rises / into soft fog, / weaves down the street, strokes an old cat” to rural villages in Kenya: “Filling deep wells, / water hums in the dark / sloshes in buckets, quenches our thirst” and the majestic Grand Canyon in Arizona (USA): “Skidding and slipping, / swooping round bends, / spinning on tree roots, careening down cliffs.” (Age: 8+)