City of Water
By Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Katy Dockrill. Published by Groundwood Books.
★ A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
It’s easy to forget about the importance of water if you live in a city where it flows from the faucet with a flick of the wrist …
City of Water, the second book in the ThinkCities series, shines a light on the urban water system. It traces the journey of water from faraway lakes and rivers through pipes and treatment facilities, into our taps, fire hydrants and toilets, then out through storm and sewer systems toward wastewater treatment plants and back into the watershed.
Along the way we explore water systems past and present. We look at the need to protect our watersheds and preserve groundwater. We learn about the drastic effects of drought, and what happens when the water flowing from people’s taps isn’t clean or safe. And we discover how cities around the world are coping with extreme weather and flooding.
In this book, gorgeously illustrated by Katy Dockrill, readers are encouraged to think about water as a precious, finite resource. Includes a glossary and a list of fifteen practical steps kids and their families can take to help conserve water.
For Grades 3-7
Also available as an ebook.
Second in the new ThinkCities series from Groundwood Books
City of Water is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!
“This non-fiction picture book makes clear that water conservation is essential through mind-boggling and fascinating facts about how water moves from the forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers into our homes and back out again.” — Quill & Quire
“Insightful STEM offering.”—Booklist
More reviews coming soon.
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About illustrator Katy Dockrill
Katy is an honours graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design. Her fresh brush-and-ink illustrations have attracted a wide range of clients, and she has won a number of awards for her editorial work. She has illustrated A Voice for the Spirit Bears by Carmen Oliver, among other titles, as well as many covers for children’s novels. Katy lives with her family in Toronto, where she loves swimming, gardening and taking walks with her daughter.
City of Water includes tons of ideas about how you and your family can help preserve our water. I’ve also put together parent and teacher-friendly resources to keep young people engaged in conservation of this precious resource. Water is life. Jump in!
Did you know?
- Our bodies are about 60% water.
- Nearly three-quarters of the earth is covered by water, though much of it is in the ocean and undrinkable.
- Less than 1 percent of our planet’s water is fresh and readily accessible to us.
- More than two billion people around the world do not have access to safe, fresh water at home.
- About 90% of the watersheds that provide water for the world’s largest cities have been polluted or degraded over the last century.
- A bottle of water costs up to 2,000 times more than the same amount of water coming from a tap. It requires 2,000 times more energy to produce and uses more water in the production process than an average bottle can actually hold!<
- Canada’s rivers and lakes contain 7% of the world’s total renewable freshwater.
- The average Canadian uses about 58 gallons (220 l) of water at home every day — that’s about 700 glasses’ worth! In the US, the number is even higher, at 88 gallons (333 l) per day.
- A pipe with a hole the size of a small pea will lose more than 8,454 gallons (32,000 l) of water a day. That’s enough to fill 320 bathtubs!
- Urban sewer streams are about 99% water and less than 1% waste — things like food, toilet paper and poop.
- Drinking water keeps our brains healthy and our energy levels high.
- Hearing the sound of water bubbling and burbling can boost a person’s mood and reduce stress.
The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people act as advocates for themselves and their communities.
Coming soon: City Streets are for People, illustrated by Emma FitzGerald, spring 2022