Cover image for Hey, water! / Antoinette Portis.
Hey, water! / Antoinette Portis.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Neal Porter Books."
"Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms"-- Provided by publisher.


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Material Type
Home Location
553.7 POR Book Easy Collection

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Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

Hey, water! I know you! You're all around.

Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. But water doesn't always look the same, it doesn't always feel the same, and it shows up in lots of different shapes. Water can be a lake, it can be steam, it can be a tear, or it can even be a snowman.

As the girl discovers water in nature, in weather, in her home, and even inside her own body, water comes to life, and kids will find excitement and joy in water and its many forms.

This latest work from award-winning author/illustrator Antoinette Portis is an engaging, aesthetically pleasing nonfiction picture book, complete with accessible backmatter on the water cycle, water conservation, and more.

Author Notes

Antoinette Portis is a decorated picture book author/illustrator. Her picture books have garnered wide acclaim and many starred review, including ALA Notable Books Wait and Now . She was awarded a Geisel Honor for Not a Box , which was also a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. A former creative director at Disney, she lives in Southern California.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Portis narrates in a conversational tone-"Hey, water! I know you! You're all around." But her story tackles a tricky cognitive task-recognizing an element that masquerades in different states. Clean graphic spreads mimic a map, with aerial views of water on the surface of the Earth in the matte palette that Portis (Not a Box) fans know. Each watery object-"stream," "river," "ocean"-is captioned in block letters with running text that conveys the actions of liquid water: "You trickle... and gurgle... and rush toward the sea." But water is more complicated than this: "Water, even when you try to fool me, I know you." It can hang suspended in midair as vapor ("You hide in the air and drift") or be solid as "a rock that floats," or "soft as a feather and fancier than lace. But water, I know it's you!" The same element can exist in several different forms, the words imply-our senses don't always tell us the truth about identity. Notes at the end with additional illustrations provide more information about states of matter, the water cycle, and conservation. Ages 4-8. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

A girl named Zoe explores water in this playful and informative book. Speaking directly to water (Hey, water! I know you! Youre all around), Zoe considers the role of water inside a home (shower, faucet) and outside of it (sprinkler, hose). Spread by spread, the books scope widens as the girl points out ever-larger bodies of waterfrom a stream to a river to an ocean. The scope then shrinks back again to a lake, pool, puddle, and dewdrop. Zoe also considers the different forms water can take (identified in the back matter as liquid, solid, and gas), using examples such as the steam of a teakettle, a cloud, an ice cube, and more; throughout, each item is accompanied by an unobtrusive label in a larger block font to help clarify the information. Portiss main text is spare and accessible, with occasional, effective use of figurative language: dewdrops that wink, water that freezes soft as a feather, snowflakes that are fancier than lace. The many permutations of water (not the books protagonist) are the focus of the crisp, uncluttered, primarily aqua-colored illustrations; when we do see Zoe, shes delighting in water. Hey, water, thank you! she says on the final page while playing in the bathtub. The storys ending segues easily to back matter that includes notes on conservation and water forms and a simple diagram of the water cycle. julie Danielson March/April 2019 p 65(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.