Water is a Precious Thing

Saturday, March 22, 2014 is World Water Day

CIMG6942I love the water. I love to splash in the pools in the river. I love to feel it raining down on me. I love to drink and slurp it. I love to shake it all over everything. Water is a precious thing. We live in a place that doesn’t get a whole lot of water raining down. We do happy dances when rain comes. Rain makes the river flow with JOY. Rain makes grass and flowers pop out all over. Rain means our well won’t run dry. Water is a very precious thing. My Mom Person worries when the rains don’t come. She worries when the river goes dry and the trees start to die. She worries when she passes by houses with sprinklers going. She likes living here at the 7 Acre Wood, but she likes the rains to come.

IMG_0286Water conservation is a really important thing. Water is precious. I understand that there are some places in the world that have more water than they can deal with. And there are some places that have less water than what we get here in Glen Rose, Texas. There are people in some parts of the world who don’t have clean water to drink and bathe in. That’s a sad thing. Water is sooooo precious.

I have a book about water. It’s a cute book about a summer day in the life of a city park where water is an important part of the daily cycle.

IMG_4745Water in the Park

written by Emily Jenkins
illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
published by Schwartz & Wade Books in 2013

A note from the author about the story reads –

“The story comes from my spending early mornings and evenings in Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, New York, one summer when we had many, many ninety-eight-degree days. I watched the people and thought about the way the park’s water is used differently by all the inhabitants of the neighborhood, human and animal.”

This neighborhood seems to have plenty of water. The people here do not seem to worry about a lack of water. But the water in the park is precious to them nonetheless.

The story begins in the early morning when the park is quiet and empty and the turtles come out of the pond to sun themselves on the rocks. Then the dog walkers come to let their dogs have a romp in the pond. They are very lucky dogs!! As the day progresses the neighborhood awakens and more and more people come to enjoy the park. They play in the pond and the sprinkler pool. They drink from the water fountains. Kids fill water balloons and pour buckets of water in the sandbox. They pour water down the slide to cool it off. Birds and squirrels come to play and bathe in the water. Workers come to water the gardens. The pond and the fountains are a haven for everyone. At the end of the day the rains come. Everything in the park is now wet with glorious water. Water is a precious thing for sure!!

IMG_4747I really liked this book. It’s not a conservation book. It’s kind of like you’re sitting on a park bench watching the day go by. But the day is filled with water. And I like a day filled with water. The illustrations are great with lots of details to catch the eye. I will be looking out for more books by both Ms Jenkins and Ms Graegin.

There are quite a few organizations that work to provide clean drinking water for people around the world who are without this most precious commodity.
Living Water International
Goodnet.org has a list of seven non-profit organizations that provide safe water solutions for developing countries. You can check out the list HERE.

I am submitting this post to The Small Fry Safari Reading Challenge at The Bookshelf Gargoyle as an entry for Category # 6, A book with something PRECIOUS in the title.

I recently did a post about a Listening Walk. What about a Water Walk? How far would you go for Water?

Enjoy YOUR Water Day!
Your friend at the river
Rhythm

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17 thoughts on “Water is a Precious Thing

  1. That park sounds like lots of fun. I love the park, even though Mom won’t let me run into the lake. I hope your mom doesn’t have to worry about dead trees or sad flowers.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    • Doesn’t it sound like an excellent park?! Do you have a park like that near to you? With a lake? We have a park on the river. But no sprinkler pools. That would be cool. I get to play in the sprinklers at home though. My Mom Person is big time worried about her bluebonnets right now. They are looking very sad and thirsty and they cover the whole 7 Acres so it’s impossible to water them with sprinklers. I’m having to do rain dances.

  2. I love your creative interpretation of precious – you’ve hit it on the head! We had a drought a few years back…(as opposed to the drought that we are currently in)…when water restrictions came in and along with a host of other things, people in Brisbane were told to have showers lasting NO MORE THAN 4 MINUTES. They even distributed little hourglasses with four minutes worth of sand that you could suction cup to the shower stall. Brisbanites did fantastically well in reducing their water usage then…and then in 2011 we had another flood that had the entire CBD underwater. Water, water nowhere…then everywhere…then nowhere again. Yep, precious stuff.

      • We did laugh initially…until we realised that the government was serious…Good thing too because our water reserves got very low…before of course, the dams filled up again and then spilled over, causing an inland tsunami that killed many people living miles from the coast. Fickle nature indeed!

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