Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World — 18 Comments

  1. Love the book for the vocabulary and representation, but how would this function in a classroom library or library. The text is simplistic but tricky to read for the young ones—and the pages are unique so may get ripped easily. I know the comment should be about the learning connections—but the book itself tries to do too many things! 3 of 5 stars.

  2. I enjoyed the structure of this book. The illustrations and color contrast did a great job depicting the water and land forms labeled in the text. As someone already mentioned, as I was reading this book, all I could think about was the nightmare of processing the fold-out pages and how many repairs it would need if it circulated. While I don’t see myself using it in a public library setting, I think it would be a great tool for teaching.

  3. This is a book for the classroom, not a library. The fold out pages are are nightmare for librarians. The illustration are well done. The text confuses me. What level reading is it? Looks preschoolish but topic is more upper elementary. The text lacked substance, but the illustrations could be helpful for landform study.

  4. I absolutely loved this book! The contrast between blue and yellow was stunning and the cut out pages that clearly illustrated the opposite land/water formations is so clever. No need for words because the pictures say it all! But, I also loved that there is a page with more explanations and more information and then a a fold out that offered geographical locations and even more in depth information. A book that will grow with the age and understanding of any child. It introduces new vocabulary and could be used as a read aloud or as a text book within the curriculum. 5/5 stars

  5. I like the creativity of this book and the fold out map. It’s uniqueness alone would get students attention.
    Unfortunately our 2nd and 3rd grade curriculums do not include the study of landforms. Our 5th graders study this and I will use the book during our introduction. Very simple, visual read.
    5/5 stars

  6. So clever! I love how on either side of the page of a single cutout, you got to see the landform/waterform that would be its opposite! This reminded me a little of the Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet book because of how a page rotation completely changes how you look at what is on the page.
    I really liked the back matter and think that world map and lists of examples around the world could be a great culminating activity after my fourth graders have learned about all of the land forms. Another way to use the book would be to have students look at the landforms/waterforms in the first part of the book and see if they could define or identify the qualities of that form based on the images presented…and then refer to the definitions at the end of the book.

  7. I appreciated Hale’s clever use of cut pages to introduce simple geography vocabulary. I thought the way she showed the relationships between the land and water forms was inventive. I can see this book being used as an introduction to landforms in lower grades and as a resource for intermediate grades. Rate 5/5 stars!

  8. This is such a clever book. It will definitely be part of my collection that I use to teach a landforms and water unit. I loved the way it took a body of water and on the next page, shows it’s mirror opposite landform. It actually gave me (a veteran learner) a new way of thinking about water/landforms and will be key for many students who understand concepts visually rather than in an auditory manner. The drawings that went along with the cutouts were really amusing and complemented the concepts well. I appreciated that the illustrations included people of many skin types, reflecting the global nature of the book. The foldout map at the end of the book as well as a list of worldwide examples of each type of landform or body of water is an excellent addition to those students who want a deeper look.

  9. This is a must add to my classroom as we spend a lot of time studying landforms and bodies of water. It is so hard to have students understand so many of the vocabulary terms in this geography unit. But this book with its simplicity, illustrations, and cutouts would be perfect! I love how many of the landforms were immediately paired with the body of water that made the landform. I’m very excited to add this to my collection for next year.

  10. I loved this book and will purchase it for my classroom, We spend a lot of time talking about water, land forms and how they are made. This would enhance any curriculum relating to geography and map studies as well. This will be a great addition. The map in the center is also a great resource.

  11. I liked the simplicity of this book. With some concepts is much easier to explain something through a picture rather than words, and I feel this book did a good job of making something that would typically be difficult to explain to young children much more approachable and easier to understand. I felt though that some of the illustrations could have been improved. The difference between bay and gulf, and cape and peninsula, was really difficult to tell unless you looked closely at the illustration and noticed the difference in scale.

    I would use this book to accompany map study. I think students would particularly enjoy looking at maps to find different land and water forms, like those mentioned in the back of the book. It would also be interesting to use the book for discussions hypothesizing how particular land and water forms have had an impact on the animal, plant, and people populations in that particular area.

    Overall rating: 3/5 stars

  12. What a cool book! I loved the ying/yang, positive/negative aspect to showing the landforms. I often talk in class about how islands are opposites of lakes and peninsulas are opposites of gulfs. I could totally see myself using this in class (I already checked the price on Amazon). If I get creative enough, I could also see my students making their own opposite landform book.

  13. This is a great book for those students who are very visual learners. The big fold out map at the end is an excellent tool to use whole group. I will be recommending that our school library purchase this book. I give this book a 5/5.

  14. I love how the different cut outs changed the land or water form. It was a very basic book with a whole lot of information. Students in 5th grade could use this book as a resource for their land-form projects. I might even share the big ideas that they could find a definition, where in the world it’s found and specific examples. 10/10 for this one.

  15. What a creative inventive book! I loved how changing the perspective can change the land or water form. The last big fold out with information and lists are perfect for using as an outline for my Landform project! I do this research project with my 5th graders. I think this book bridges the gap with its simplistic but quite filled with fun details in the illustrations to sharing more complex information at an intermediate level. I would probably choose to order a few copies, one for student exploration and one for me to share with classes that will remain intact! Christy Hale is an author I would like to learn more about as it appears she has a lot of creative non-fiction titles.
    Her teacher friendly website offers ideas with this book at:
    Rate 5/5 stars!

  16. For an informational book this was really neat! I liked how it was set up and I know kids like when books have cut outs. I appreciated it how it is set up to be used for young or older children with as little or as much information to be shared as need/interest applies.
    This would be a great book for use in the curriculum for any use of study on water forms. The poster at the back was especially awesome and would be helpful to demonstrate them on a large scale.
    I think it’s a great book for classrooms and libraries and would definitely be of interest to kids who love water and water forms.
    5/5 stars

  17. This book was fine.
    I would use it in my classroom to introduce land and water forms during Geography lessons.
    The vocabulary would be to high for my students in 3rd grade
    Rating 2/5 stars

  18. This book was okay. I feel like it was maybe too easy of a book for 2-3 graders. The pictures were great and fun how they open up to the next page, but the content was lacking. The last page of the book opens up to give all the details I thought were lacking, but it was hard to read all of it because of how it unfolded.
    I would have this book out for free reading. Not sure how I could use this with curriculum.
    I rate this book 2/5 stars