About the Book
Author: Michael Smith
Illustrator: Angela Alvarenga & Jonathan E. Goley
Recommended Ages: 5-8
Number of Pages: 32
Publisher: East West Discovery Press
Publication Date: January 23, 2017
Summary: Celebrate the beauty and wonder of the water cycle through lyrical rhyming text and vibrant realistic paintings. The story of water is described eloquently in this delightful and informational book that engages children and adults alike to appreciate water and life.
About the Author
About the Illustrators
Jonathon E. Goley (1953 - 2015) illustrated hundreds of celebrated works for major television shows and feature films for over 30 years. His notable television series and animated movie credits includeDora the Explorer, The Addams Family, The Smurfs, Tom and Jerry, The Flintstone Kids, The Pagemaster, Ferngully the Last Rainforest, and The Jetsons.
One of my favorite aspects of the book is that it is written in lovely verse. Studies show that rhyme can improve reading skills and help children detect the phonetic constituents of words. This, together with the lessons on the water cycle and the English/Spanish text make It Starts with a Raindrop a delightful and beautiful multicultural read.
The amazing illustrations are done in soft colors and are wonderfully detailed which add to the story's charm.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of It Starts with a Raindrop. Perfect for classroom and home libraries.