Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? by Robert D. Wells (Albert Whitman & Company, 2006) discusses water in all of its forms, connecting the water dinosaurs drank to the water that brings us nutrients. Using the need for water for everything on Earth (from plants to animals to ourselves), he captures the essence of the unending influence of the water cycle for young readers.
Wells speaks to children directly, as he does in the other books in this, his “Wells of Knowledge” series. His tone is familiar to children, and as the title about dinosaurs suggest, his questions are spot on to what children will enjoy. The two children that feature on the pages of the book get a full explanation of the water cycle, and Wells also captures the limits of water in our world, the fact that much of our freshwater is in glaciers and icebergs, and our need to be careful with our water use.
Wells’ science book is comprehensive in its scope, visiting subjects from Earth science to life science to the generation of power in dams. I’ve enjoyed reading books in the Well of Knowledge series before, and this one is a great addition to studies about water on the Earth as well as the science of our Earth as interconnected in every way.