Official Review: A Perfect Puddle by Barbara Perry

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Official Review: A Perfect Puddle by Barbara Perry

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Perfect Puddle" by Barbara Perry.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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A Perfect Puddle by Barbara Perry is a children’s picture book that explores the adventures of two drops of water. Willie and Arnold attend school each day to learn about becoming raindrops. They practice working with the other droplets to make hail, rainbows, and rivers. Finally, they graduate from school and get their first chance to join the other drops as rain, allowing their adventures to continue down on the ground.

I really admire the creativity of the author, as I would never have though that two raindrops would make such adorable, lovable characters. I must also commend the illustrator, Autumn Brook, who brought the boys to life and allowed me to understand how two drops of water could be personified. I found myself becoming attached to Willie and Arnold and hoping that they would be able to graduate and pursue their dreams of being real raindrops.

Beyond being a cute story, this book also strives to include educational elements. It explores different types of weather and the water cycle by integrating imagination with reality. For example, the boys know that rain only comes from gray clouds, so they paint their cloud gray so that they can become rain. After precipitating down, Willie and Arnold get the chance to participate in the condensation and evaporation steps of the water cycle as well. The author avoids using this specific terminology to keep the book fun and approachable, but parents and teachers could use this story as a way to begin introducing these terms.

Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. From the fun characters to the professional drawings, I can’t really find anything to complain about. The writing also appears to be professionally edited.

I would happily recommend this book to parents and teachers of children ages 4 to 9, though younger kids will need a parent to read it to them. I’m sure that adults and kids alike will be won over by this adorable pair of raindrops, just like I was.

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Post by Michelle Fred »

What an unusual plot for a children's book! Like you, I hope Arnold and Willie fulfill their dreams. Great job.

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I believe it's never too early to start teaching your kids. This picture book sounds like a great introduction to the water cycle. However, I would have preferred if the author did use the proper terminology with explanations.

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Making characters simply out of water droplets is so creative. Sounds like a fun read. Thank you for the review!

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Post by Amanda Deck »

This is exactly the sort of book I always loved to find when homeschooling my kids! And right now, I still have one grandbaby left young enough for this to be perfect for. I think I'm with Josephe-Anne in wishing the terms were used for the steps in the water cycle; however, I still want this book. I can certainly elaborate or bring those into the conversation when we discuss it after reading it.

Yikes! I just went to buy this book and to see if there are others by this author as well...$17 apiece! That's certainly more than I expected.

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Picture books are wire easy for kids to follow. This is one also has a potential to make a good coloring book for kids.

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Oh. This is an adorable and fun way to look at the water cycle and the different things that come of it. I really like the idea of a droplet school and the ways that can be used as a teaching tool as well.
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I share your admirations for the creativity of the author. Its also an educative piece and i will be reading it to my nieces. Thanks for the review.

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The book provides an easy and fast way for children to understand reading.The words are easy for growing children to understand and to comprehend.This is a very well thought out book and very well published.I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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The idea behind this story is extremely creative and interesting. I admire the author for combining something as random as two drops into an interesting story from which something can be learned!

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I have to say, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The author is very clever.

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