The Personal and Global Environment: Water Runs Through This Book

Nancy Bo Flood and Jan Sonnenamir’s collaboration involving informational text, poetry, and photography led to stunning results in Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo. Water Runs Through this Book follows up on its success with a meditation on the importance of water to the human body and the planet.

518n916rstL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_It is said that water flows where it wants to go, and like water, this book flows as well. Readers begin with an emotionally resonant chapter on the water of tears and the fact that tears rid the body of toxins produced by stress. Author Flood (whose name is especially appropriate for this title) and photographer Sonnenmair alternate between the individual and the global, with chapters exploring the necessity of water for human life and those showing how water is essential to the health of Planet Earth. The book explores traditional water ceremonies among the Navajo, the rite of baptism in Christianity, and an ancient Shinto water ritual in aquifers, and how global climate change is depleting the world’s glaciers. Flood and Sonnenmair end with a call to readers to think about where their water comes from, what is threatening water supplies around the world, and how they can help young people in other countries who do not yet have access to reliable sources of potable water. An extensive bibliography makes this book a great starting point, engaging readers who can then consult other sources to learn more and to make a difference.

An unusual format, great writing, fun facts, and vivid photography make Water Runs Through This Book a standout work of nonfiction on science and the environment.

1 comment for “The Personal and Global Environment: Water Runs Through This Book

  1. September 28, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Water Runs Through This Book was a gentle call to action. I won’t think of water the same way. Can you have a xeriscaped yard in Maine? And valued the international stories and photos to give context for our own use water.

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