Official Review: All About Water

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Official Review: All About Water

Post by Kat Kennedy » 05 Jan 2018, 18:14

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "All About Water" by Greg Chick, Marta Zarrella.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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All About Water: As Told by the Plumber Who’s Seen It All is written by plumber, Greg Chick, who has over 40 years’ experience in the business, and co-authored by M.P. Zarrella. It is touted as a book for home owners and people who care. Full of illustrations, advice and stories, its 154 pages contain facts and statistics in an easily understood, readable format.

Chick introduces fictional cousins, Mac and Mike, to illustrate the extremes of water waste and conservation. Mac has a global mindset. Mike is more into self-interest. Both become lawyers, but Mac settles in Portland, Oregon and becomes an organic farmer, while Mike enters the corporate world of New York City. It’s an effective way to tell the story of water and discuss the importance of conservation. Divided into chapters such as: The Water Cycle, Heating Water, Water Reuse, and The History of Plumbing, the book offers a concise overview of all things water related, including references and links for those wishing to learn more. Each chapter ends with advice on conserving water or solving a particular problem.

One thing that struck me about the book is its usefulness as a tool to teach young children about water conservation. The illustrations by Audrey Ly are fun, and young children would relate to H2Homie (the water guy), a cartoon, water drop appearing at the end of chapters with questions and facts to expand upon information. The anecdotes and illustrations throughout the book could easily be used to foster family discussions about water use and conservation awareness. Many helpful hints and facts are presented in illustrations to help children understand the importance of careful water usage.

Having read many articles on conservation, I can say this is one of the more enjoyable reads on the subject I’ve encountered. I appreciate the author’s enthusiasm for his subject and his desire to educate his readers. It is apparent this book is a work of love. Well-written and edited, it is quite entertaining for a book of this nature. Using the characters, Mac and Mike, throughout as examples of good and bad water usage renders the information easily attainable.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone wishing to learn more about water, plumbing, and conservation. It offers valuable information and includes plenty of references and links for those seeking more. As an informative guide for families wishing to teach their children about conservation or a helpful reference in the home, All About Water delivers.

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Post by Hildah Mose » 07 Jan 2018, 03:07

Wow! That must be quiet informative. Thanks for the review. Will check it out.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 07 Jan 2018, 04:14

Water conservation from a plumber's perspective. I'm interested in knowing what his years of experience have taught him.
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Post by BookHausJ » 07 Jan 2018, 04:51

This is very interesting book! Hope I can read it too! We really need this kind of Author who can advocate for something that is really related in our life situation. Conserving water is a serious topic to be discussed. Our world is facing problem on water pollution. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Kat Kennedy » 07 Jan 2018, 09:03

I’m sure I’ll be using the book’s information many times in the future. Thank’s for commenting!

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 07 Jan 2018, 09:19

I am sure, it would be interesting and informative book. You have written a wonderful review.
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Post by Kat Kennedy » 07 Jan 2018, 10:22

Thank you!

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Post by Mariusherby » 07 Jan 2018, 14:25

I will definately read this. Sounds very interesting and very relavant in our society all around the world, with global warming and climate change big factors. Thank you.

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Post by Kat Kennedy » 07 Jan 2018, 21:25

It’s an interesting read for sure! Thanks for the comment.

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Post by chrstnafd » 09 Jan 2018, 08:47

Such an intersting topic in this book, as well as very useful and informative

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Post by Kat Kennedy » 09 Jan 2018, 08:54

Thanks for the comment!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 09 Jan 2018, 16:13

A very timely book, All About Water seems to be one every household should have. The experienced plumber would be the authority in the water business. And he could write, too!

Wonderful work for water, Kat Kennedy!

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Post by victorycoffee » 09 Jan 2018, 16:21

I love the idea of this! We've had a water shortage recently, and last month I watched "The Toilet: An Unspoken History", and I've had composting toilets on my mind (both as a gardening idea, but also as a water-saving idea). It sounds like this book is more of a well-rounded shallow dive into all things plumbing and water, so it'll be a good complement to the documentary.

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Post by Kat Kennedy » 09 Jan 2018, 22:46

Thank you, @Miriam Molina and @victorycoffee! I bet you would both find something useful in the book. I'm going to use some of the ideas about capturing rain water for the garden this summer.

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Post by Al Chakauya » 12 Jan 2018, 12:16

Water conservation is of great concern the world over, and I guess the topic becomes even more convincing taken from a plumber's perspective. From what I got from you, I am convinced to read the book- I am sure it will make a great read.

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