Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
Recent children's nonfiction has taken a quantum leap forward. Gone are the didactic, textbook-style approaches to informational books, Today young readers are treated to interesting information in a variety of print formats.
Hey, Water! is a stellar example of this current evolution in nonfiction. Portis has created a picture book that combines striking images, carefully selected text, and accurate information.
The author employs an unusual literary device. Little Zoe, enjoying a bath, considers her surroundings and speaks directly to water, an everyday friend. Zoe itemizes her ongoing experiences with water and considers the properties of this essential substance.
The final page forgoes the standard linear narrative as Zoe concludes her bath. "Hey, water, thank you!" is inscribed on the red bathmat. Note: love the scuba mask on the cover. Zoe, and by extension the world, appear differently when viewed through an underwater lens.